Md. officials defend deer fine
Officials at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are defending their decision to levy a fine against two men who rescued a deer from the Patapsco River, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The men were each fined $90 for not having life vests aboard the inflatable boat they used to reach the trapped deer last Thursday.
Col. George Johnson said in a statement that the men disregarded the orders of numerous public safety officers at the scene by entering the water and not turning back when ordered to do so. Johnson said the result could have been a human emergency that could have put more lives in danger.
The men, Jim Hart, 46, of Carroll County and Khalil Abusakran, 33, of Baltimore County said they will fight the fines when the matter is in court in February.
Read more about the men who rescued the deer and were later fined in the Baltimore Sun.
Washington Post editors
| December 21, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Maryland
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