'Bama Fan Who May Have Been A State Trooper Charged with Poisoning Auburn's Trees

Harvey Almorn Updyke, a 62 year-old from Dadeville, Ala., has been arrested for poisoning the beloved oak trees at Aurburn's Toomer's Corner. Updyke, according to his Facebook profile, is a retired Texas State Trooper and a dedicated 'Bama fan (note the patterned hat; he also has a Facebook friend named Crimson). He is being held on a $50,000 bond and will be charged with criminal mischief for applying the herbicide.

'Bama Fan Who May Have Been A State Trooper Charged with Poisoning Auburn's Trees


The oak trees were reported poisoned on Wednesday. The herbicide Updyke allegedly used, Spike 80DF, was applied in "lethal amounts"; experts do not believe the trees stand a chance at survival.

[H/T Rob]

Man arrested for poisoning Toomer's Corner oaks [WTVM-9]