Off-roader spending $25,000 to fight $300 ticket

Off-roader spending $25,000 to fight $300 ticket

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KANAB, Utah (AP) -- Off-roader Dan M. Jessop is fighting a $300 ticket -- and it's taking months of court wrangling and thousands of dollars.

Local off-highway clubs and organizations have raised $25,000 for his defense.

The 19-month-old violation was left unresolved again yesterday when a federal prosecutor said he was handing off the case to another prosecutor. Jessop says he's learning patience.

He was cited for driving an all-terrain vehicle on Canaan Mountain's Sawmill Road south of Zion National Park in Washington County. He maintains the road is a historic byway.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it is an old pack trail and that the government can shut down to protect a wilderness study area.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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