Contact: Chief Wayne Kline, Delaware Natural Resources Police, State Parks Enforcement, 302-739-9221, or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
State Park Rangers’ investigation into illegal
bike trail leads to arrest of Rehoboth man
LEWES (May 8, 2014) – An investigation by Delaware State Park Rangers into an illegal bike trail constructed in Cape Henlopen State Park culminated in the recent arrest and conviction of a Rehoboth man on multiple criminal charges.
Jeff Clayton, 51, of Rehoboth was charged with and pled guilty to three counts of illegal removal, cutting, or injuring trees and shrubs, illegal use of a park area for activity other than intended, and illegal altering of park property. Clayton was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and fined $1,140 including restitution and court costs. He was also ordered to have “No contact” with any Delaware State Park for a period of one year.
State Park Rangers found the construction of a single-track mountain bike trail near the Junction and Breakwater Trail within Cape Henlopen State Park. Social media posts about the development and construction of the trail led Park Rangers to Clayton. Park officials estimate that approximately two acres of natural area in the park was disturbed to build almost three miles of trail. Four rudimentary bridges in wetland areas also were found over approximately a half-mile of the illegal trail.
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