A 21-year-old Townsend man is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly crashing his vehicle at the Woodland Beach State Wildlife Management Area while attempting to flee from a $25 ticket.
Robert B. Logan was sitting in his vehicle at the wildlife area northeast of Smyrna on May 31 when an officer attempted to ticket him for trespassing after hours, according to Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.
Logan reportedly sped away from the officer before losing control of the vehicle and crashing. He then fled the area on foot before officers arrived, Rhodes said.
Officers were able to trace the vehicle back to Logan, who was charged June 10 with disregarding command of a police officer, reckless endangering, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended or revoked license, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, failure to report a collision resulting in injury, aggressive driving, operating a motor vehicle at an unreasonable speed, failure to yield the right of way, failure to signal intention and trespassing in a state wildlife area.
Logan entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas and was later released on a $4,500 unsecured bond, DNREC officials said.
"After sunset, you're allowed to be in our wildlife management areas if you're legally fishing or launching a boat, but not for other reasons," Rhodes said. "The thing is, it's only a $25 fine for trespassing, so this fellow turned something that was minor into something that definitely was not."