AUGUSTA, Maine — Two Aroostook County men were charged Wednesday by Maine Forest Service Rangers in connection with damage done to an ATV trail by their motor vehicles.
Ryan O’Neal, 29, of Fort Fairfield and Kyle Sirois, 20, of Fort Kent have each been charged with operating a passenger vehicle on an ATV trail, a Class E crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine, according to a press release from the Maine Forest Service.
Both men will appear in Maine District Court in Fort Kent in July.
Maine Forest Service Ranger Craig Caron was on patrol Tuesday when he found truck tracks on an ATV trail in Township 17 Range 3, west of Van Buren, according to Maine Forest Service Sgt. Lance Martin of the Portage office.
During an investigation, Caron discovered two pickup trucks that became stuck as they drove down the ATV trail. He interviewed O’Neal and Sirois and determined that they were out “mudding,” or intentionally operating their vehicles on the trail. They had traveled about 150 yards on the trail before getting stuck.
The land on which Caron discovered the alleged “mudders” is owned by Irving Woodlands Ltd., the state’s largest landowner.
To report instances of mudding call the Maine Forest Service at 800-750-9777.