July 01, 2010
WATERBURY, VT -- On the afternoon of June 22, State Game Warden Dennis Amsden received a report of a Jeep “mudding” on the Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area near Coles Pond, in Walden, Vermont.
Warden Amsden went to the area and found vehicle operator, Jesse Read, Jr., 20 of Greensboro Bend operating a 4-wheel drive Jeep while his driver’s license was under suspension and without liability insurance. The vehicle was not registered and had unassigned license plates. Warden Amsden determined that Read had driven his Jeep onto different areas of Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area, causing damage to trails.
The 10, 421-acre Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area in Walden, Stannard, Wheelock, and Danville is state land managed by the Fish and Wildlife Department for its variety of wildlife habitats and as an area open to the public, especially for hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife watching.
Read was charged with destruction of state property, unlawful mischief and several motor vehicle violations.
Upon conviction, the criminal charges of destruction of state property and unlawful mischief carry potential fines of up to $7500, up to five years in jail, and revocation of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. Read can also be assessed restitution for the damages.
Anyone with information related to this case should contact Senior Game Warden Dennis Amsden, through the Vermont State Police Dispatch, at 802-748-3111.
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: July 01, 2010 14:37:05