Driver de­faces land­mark

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - STATE -

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied a driver sus­pected of tak­ing an il­le­gal joyride on a frag­ile, dry lake bed in Death Val­ley Na­tional Park, leav­ing 10 miles of swerv­ing tire tracks.

Of­fi­cials haven’t re­leased the sus­pect’s name, but park spokes­woman Abby Wines told the Los An­ge­les Times on Tues­day she’s hope­ful the per­son will be crim­i­nally charged.

Mo­tor ve­hi­cles are banned from the site known as Playa Race­track, where vis­i­tors can see how wind and ice push rocks that leave lengthy trails in the lake bed. Still, new tire tracks show up there ev­ery few years. Wines says this case is the worst she’s ever seen. Of­fi­cials say they may try to re­store the pro­tec­tive crust on the lake bed but aren’t sure how to go about it.

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