Jeep Owner Off-roads on Restricted Land, Gets Stuck & Fined
South Table Mountain Park is closed to motor vehicles, hence this enthusiast got slapped with a $450 penalty and plenty of shame.
A Jeep Wrangler owner is in hot water after deciding to go off-roading in the majestic South Table Mountain Park in Jefferson County, Colorado this past Saturday. According to 9News.com, the unnamed driver drove into the park, which is not open to motorized vehicles, and spent the evening hours cruising around the area before finally getting hung up on some rocks, allowing authorities to catch the careless joyrider.
South Table Mountain
South Table Mountain Park is part of the Jefferson County Public Park system of Colorado, with nearly 1,500 acres of unaltered, natural landscape. The park is used for hiking, biking, jogging, climbing and even horseback riding, but to keep the land pristine and free of the risks of traffic, motorized vehicles are not permitted anywhere in the park.
However, that didn’t stop the owner of the Jeep Wrangler pictured here from deciding to spend a night off-roading on the restricted land and while it was likely fun at first, it has turned into a major headache for this irresponsible driver.
Stuck in the Park
The details are fairly limited, but we know that sometime on the evening of Saturday, April 13, a Jeep Wrangler driver headed into South Table Mountain Park to have some fun. Evidently, the person drove “all over” the area, eventually getting hung up on some rocks. As a result, the Jeeper had to spend the night with the vehicle, waiting until morning to try to free the stuck rig.
He did not succeed and while trying to do so, the owner was caught by a hiker the next morning while still trying to free the vehicle. The authorities were notified and the Wrangler driver was fined for his poor decision. Those fines included $100 for taking a motorized vehicle into the park, $100 for being in the park after hours and $250 for reckless activity in the park, leading to a total fine of $450, but that is only the beginning of the headache.
It turns out that while the land on which the Jeep is stuck is part of the park, it is privately-owned land, so the Wrangler owner will have to work with the landowner to figure out how to get the vehicle unstuck without the use of another motorized vehicle. As of the latest update to the original report, the Wrangler was still stuck on the rocks on South Table Mountain, where hikes, bikes and horseback riders can spot the vehicle, stranded far from any other motorized vehicle.
The moral of the story here is to not be this guy. There are plenty of places to take your Jeep Wrangler off-roading; don’t make the rest of the community look bad by doing something rude like driving on restricted public land.