Marchant stripped the car of tires and other accoutrements, Brown said. A sign on the car's remains read: "'07 Seniors, Thizz or die" -- a possible reference to the drug ecstasy.
He had also ground off the vehicle identification number (VIN), apparently in an attempt to conceal his ownership of the vehicle, but officers were able to trace it to him, she said.
The charges against Marchant include the removal of the VIN number, a misdemeanor. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose Tuesday and later released on a reported $11,000 bail.
The prank caused an estimated $3,000 in damage to the lawn and sprinkler system, Brown reported.
Because of student confidentiality, school officials declined to state any discipline Marchant may face. It has not yet been decided whether Marchant will be allowed to attend graduation with the rest of his senior class, Paly Dean of Students Jerry Berkson said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, on a Facebook page set up to support Marchant, the senior posted that he had been suspended for the week.
Students, meanwhile, have rallied to Marchant's support for his creative prank.
Two of his friends, Addison Stern and Tyler Shambora, were collecting donations in a large glass jar Wednesday morning on the Quad near where Marchant left the overturned car. Both are seniors.
Stern said they were collecting money because Marchant's family has been told it will have to pay for any damages.
Shambora and Stern asked Berkson about forms of protest they might take. Berkson said that civil disobedience is fine but warned against doing anything that would deface property.
"I've had one bad day all year -- yesterday," Berkson told a reporter. He is in his first year as dean at Paly.
On the Facebook page called "Free Tom Robinson," -- Marchant's nickname -- teens debated the school administration's action, gave their opinions on whether other students who had been involved in the prank should turn themselves in and pledged to donate funds to Marchant.
Some students also made "Free Tom" T-shirts, which they sold to classmates.
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