A Stevens County man pled guilty Wednesday after charges were filed in United States District Court for damaging and disturbing plants and other resources at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area last year - with his SUV.
Park rangers on October 31st, 2010 responded to a call from Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies saying they observed a SUV sticking out of a swampy marsh cove under a steep cliff directly across Lake Roosevelt from the highway. They had to access the vehicle on foot from the Stevens County landfill to check the vehicle’s registration - learning it belonged to Cody W. McBride of Rice, Washington.
That’s when they found significant amounts of empty and partially full Keystone Light beer cans scattered all over the scene. They were on top of the vehicle, inside and around.
According to sheriff's deputies, the vehicle was in about two feet of water on the driver’s side and one and a half feet of water on the passenger side with mud up to the axles.