Carroll men accused of illegal ATV use

February 25, 2002

A Finksburg man was arrested and an Eldersburg man ticketed by Maryland Natural Resources Police during the weekend on the Carroll County side of Liberty Reservoir as the agency embarked with Baltimore authorities on "rigorous enforcement" of a ban on all-terrain vehicles on property surrounding Baltimore's reservoirs.

City Public Works Director George L. Winfield said Friday that police will seize the ATV of anyone caught driving around a reservoir, and that violations carry fines ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The crackdown is intended to preserve the watersheds and prevent accidents, the city said, noting that trespassing laws and state watershed regulations make it illegal to operate gasoline-powered or motorized vehicles around reservoirs.

Saturday afternoon, after a pursuit that included a DNR helicopter, police arrested Bruce Lee Carder, 25, of Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg. He was arrested on nine charges, including second-degree assault for allegedly pushing an officer, fleeing and eluding officers, operating an unregistered vehicle on a highway, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating an unauthorized vehicle in a cooperative wildlife management area and operating an off-road vehicle on public and private property.

Natural Resources Police issued citations to Vincent Scott Webster, 29, of Caren Drive in Eldersburg. He is accused of trespassing with an off-road vehicle and operating an unauthorized vehicle in a cooperative wildlife management area.

DNR spokeswoman Heather Lynch said police seized the ATVs of both men.

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