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Men charged with riding ATVs on closed beach

Posted July 2, 2010

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— A Rodanthe resident and a visitor from Maryland have been charged with riding ATVs in an area of Cape Hatteras National Seashore closed to off-road vehicles.

Park rangers said they found two sets of ATV tracks near Sea Oats Drive, north of the Rodanthe pier, around 2 a.m. Thursday. The 2-mile-long tracks entered an area closed to protect nesting sea turtles. The tracks showed that the drivers swerved multiple times, did donuts and jumping maneuvers.

Rangers said one set of tracks led to a cottage occupied by Daniel Hunt, 28, of Maryland, who confessed and identified Brian Tillet, 34, of Rodanthe, as the second driver.

Hunt was charged with operating an ORV in a seasonal ORV closure, being intoxicated in a national park, entering a resource protection area in a national seashore, disturbing wildlife, unsafe operation and giving false information. Rangers said they seized his ATV as evidence.

Tillet was charged with operating an ORV in a seasonal ORV closure, driving on a suspended license and unsafe operation.

Entering a resource closure is a federal crime that carries a maximum six-month jail sentence and a $5,000 fine.

Rangers said this was the fifth case of deliberate vandalism in a closed area of Cape Hatteras that they have investigated this year.

Anyone with information about vandalism in the seashore should call the Dare Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111.

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  • MyNameIsMud Jul 2, 2010

    "Thought it was a pink snapper that smelled like a red herring. Was also wondering where in the Bible the verse is about being a caretaker of this dirt ball"
    Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Maybe God meant, if you break it, you buy it--the Pottery Barn rule.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 2, 2010

    Thought it was a pink snapper that smelled like a red herring. Was also wondering where in the Bible the verse is about being a caretaker of this dirt ball

  • Adelinthe Jul 2, 2010

    sglangley35 - "Could we humans get the same protection as these sea turtles?"

    What makes you think we don't already?

    And as their caretakers here on earth, it's our responsibility to protect them.

    Only uncivilized clods do otherwise.

    God bless.

    RB

  • MyNameIsMud Jul 2, 2010

    "Could we humans get the same protection as these sea turtles?"

    I think we already have. And your red herring smells like old fish.

  • sglangley35 Jul 2, 2010

    Could we humans get the same protection as these sea turtles?

  • UNCFarva Jul 2, 2010

    Is there ANY evidence they did ANYTHING other than move some sand around? Is there ANY evidence that even 1 animal realized they were there? BTW, disturbing wildlife and unsafe operation of a vehicle require someone to WITNESS such acts ... any actual witnesses exist? Also, "rangers" calls this an act of "vandalism" ... what exactly was "vandalized"?

    I believe confessing to the act was exhibit A...

  • kre2208 Jul 2, 2010

    hpr641
    You have got to be kidding. They were trespassing and got busted. I hope they take the vehicle, auction them, and buy sea turtle food with it. According to your logic, I am not quilty unless I am got in the act. There is a reason the land was set aside, SO THAT THE ANIMALS WILL NOT BE DISTRUBED!!!!

  • MyNameIsMud Jul 2, 2010

    "Is there ANY evidence they did ANYTHING other than move some sand around? Is there ANY evidence that even 1 animal realized they were there? BTW, disturbing wildlife and unsafe operation of a vehicle require someone to WITNESS such acts ... any actual witnesses exist? Also, "rangers" calls this an act of "vandalism" ... what exactly was "vandalized"?"

    It's illegal to disturb or enter the dunes, since the story implies they were stunting and jumping. The law says to NOT enter the area, so it's pretty cut-and-dry that they've broken several laws.

  • MyNameIsMud Jul 2, 2010

    "Unfortunately, the environmentalist do not want that to happen. It doesn't have to be all or nothing as the extremist would like for it to be..."
    It wasn't drunk environmentalists driving illegally on a closed beach at 2AM. It was drunk idiots---those who ruin it for everyone else. You can't fix stupid, so I support the laws closing the beach.

  • hpr641 Jul 2, 2010

    Is there ANY evidence they did ANYTHING other than move some sand around? Is there ANY evidence that even 1 animal realized they were there? BTW, disturbing wildlife and unsafe operation of a vehicle require someone to WITNESS such acts ... any actual witnesses exist? Also, "rangers" calls this an act of "vandalism" ... what exactly was "vandalized"?

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