Motorists learn hard way river is not for driving

Three motorists were cited Saturday for operating a motor vehicle in a state-owned riverbed, a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., when neighboring landowners called Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens Dennis Gazaway and Henry Lutz to report three vehicles parked in the Nueces River, about half a mile upstream from 19-Mile Crossing off Highway 55.

“We wrote some class C citations. One of the drivers got stuck and the two went to help him out. That is the story they told us,” Lutz said.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Code Chapter 90.002, operating a motor vehicle in a protected freshwater area is prohibited.

A protected freshwater area is defined as a portion of the bed, bottom or bank of any navigable river or stream that lies at or below the gradient boundary of the river or stream. A navigable river or stream is a river or stream that retains an average width of 30 or more feet from the mouth or confluence up.


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