Police Identify Joyrider Who Defaced Death Valley With Tire Tracks

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Federal investigators have identified a motorist suspected of taking an illegal joyride on a dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park, leaving 10 miles of swerving tire tracks.

Officials have not released the suspect’s name but park spokeswoman Abby Wines said Tuesday that she’s hopeful the person will be criminally charged.

Motor vehicles are banned on the site known as Playa Racetrack, where visitors can see how wind and ice push large and small rocks. Still, new tire tracks show up on the playa every few years.

Wines said this case is the worst she’s ever seen.

Officials said they may try to restore the protective crust on the lake bed but are unsure how to go about it.

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