Is This Yours? NY Forest Rangers Find Ditched Jeep on State Land


Who has never had the urge to take your car or truck off-road and tear it through the mud. Heck, some of us don’t even call it an urge. A day in upstate New York.

It’s all fun and games until two things happen. Either get stuck or break the law.

Credit – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Credit – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Some people consider a jeep to be the ideal off-road vehicle. But believe it or not, these commercials aren’t always what they’re cracking up on. Or at least your Jeep isn’t.

One person took a jeep ride at the Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area in Dutchess County. Let’s just say he didn’t do well for them.

Credit – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Credit – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Russo and Sweeney of DEC Forest Ranger determined that a driver was trying to drive along a trail when his car got stuck in mud.

Driving off-road on your own or a friend’s property is one thing, but doing it on state property is another. Like many other things, it is illegal to drive off-road on state land. This is especially true when it comes to wildlife management areas.

The Rangers were able to contact someone in the village of Red Hook and tow the jeep out of the mud, but there was still one problem.

tire mud

Lauren Pretorius

where is the driver?

According to DEC, the Rangers were unable to locate the Jeep’s owner.

So not only do they currently have no one to prosecute, they also have no answers as to why they decided to take the Jeep off-road. They believe no one was injured, but the investigation remains open.

waiting to go through the mud pit

Christy Sealy

It can be assumed that the person responsible will eventually be found. But until then, this serves as an example to follow the rules and not make silly choices.

Just because a commercial shows your Jeep going off-road doesn’t mean your Jeep can go off-road.

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