Lime makes Spokane Pride crosswalk a 'no go zone' after 3 teens charged with felonies over skid marks

Last week, three suspects were arrested in connection with the "widespread damage" inflicted upon the crosswalk.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

In response to acts of alleged vandalism on a Pride crosswalk in Spokane, Wash. by means of scooter skid marks, Lime scooter rental company has enacted a "no go zone" on the colorful pavement. Now, those riding in the area will have their vehicles come to a stop if the onboard GPS detects that they are within a certain distance of the rainbow mural. This comes after three teens were arrested and charged with felonies for making those skid marks.

Those three suspects were arrested over what's being called "widespread damage" inflicted upon the crosswalk, which cars, bikes and scooters all drive over. Ruslan Turko, 19, and his two minor accomplices were each charged with one count of first degree malicious mischief, which is a Class B felony in the state. This comes after the crosswalk had been set fire to in May.

According to The National Desk, Lime created the "no go zone" on June 7, two days after the alleged incident took place. Director of Government Relations Hayden Harvey told the outlet that he and everyone at the company "condemn these vile acts in no uncertain terms."

"At a time when our teams at Lime are beginning pride celebrations around the globe, it is disturbing to see the hate taking place in Spokane," he added. "We will not let the hateful few spoil the joy of Pride Month in Spokane, and are grateful for those working to make Spokane more welcoming for all."

Per Lime's website, "no go zones" are "indicated by red shading and a restricted symbol on the map." Those who enter will have their vehicle "gradually come to a stop," and be forced to "walk your vehicle out of the No Go zone to resume your ride."

Around 9 pm on June 5, police received calls that multiple people on scooters were "causing damage" to the mural, and later discovered "black scuff marks consistent with scooter wheels." The news came just hours after the mural had been repainted following a May 16 incident in which a group of people set fire to it.

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'Skid-marks'....oh, I thought this was something found on the inside of underwear. But I guess gays would know about that.

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