Injured Kayakers Charged with Trespassing After Going Over Prettyboy Dam

Baltimore Environmental Police said the men lacked boating permits, were in 'no trespass' zone.

Prettyboy Dam (Credit: YouTube video/rdbimaging)
Prettyboy Dam (Credit: YouTube video/rdbimaging)
Two men face charges in connection with an incident Sunday at Prettyboy Dam that sent both to the hospital, officials said.

Stephen Sparks, 21, and Paul Hare, 21, who live in northern Baltimore County, were charged with criminal trespass, Baltimore Environmental Police said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Police and fire personnel were called to Prettyboy Dam at 7:35 p.m. on Sunday to assist someone and located Sparks and Hare, the statement said.

Sparks was found at the base of the dam with a severe head injury, officials said. He had possible broken bones and internal injuries, according to police.

Baltimore Environmental Police, Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company and EMS, Hereford Volunteer Fire Company and Baltimore County Emergency Medical Services personnel performed a technical rescue to get Sparks up a cliff in a basket, police said.

It took rescuers two and a half hours to complete the operation, according to police. Sparks was then taken to shock trauma by helicopter.

Hare, who suffered a large head laceration, was taken to York General Hospital in Pennsylvania, where he was treated and released at 1:30 a.m. on June 30, according to the statement.

According to Baltimore County officials, damaged kayaks were found at the base of the dam near the victims.

Boating, including kayaking, is allowed at Prettyboy but requires a permit, according to Baltimore City Public Works, which manages the reservoir.

Baltimore Environmental Police said that police were charging Hare and Sparks for boating without permits and being in a "No Trespass" zone.

Trespassing is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of a $1,000 fine and one year in jail, according to police, who said Towson District Court would handle the proceedings.

Related: Police Investigate After 2 Injured at Prettyboy Dam
Marv July 02, 2014 at 04:34 PM
They were Pretty Dam stupid! Hahahaha,lol, guffaw,chortle.
Chris July 02, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Am I reading a cnn article here? They were walking down a trail carrying their kayaks when one slipped and knocked the other one over with him. They also weren't trespassing, the trail they took is one many take to get to the bottom. You should learn to do proper research before writing an article but then again this just continues to follow the quality of Patch articles, complete sh*t
Elizabeth Janney July 02, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Hi Chris, Police issued an official statement that they were trespassing. http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/PublicInformation/PressReleases/tabid/2382/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/5438/Two-Charged-After-Landing-at-Base-of-Prettyboy-Dam.aspx
Buck Harmon July 03, 2014 at 03:45 PM
The police issued official statements only tell a very small part of the story, so yes, if this is the best that Patch has to offer it is in keeping with the rapid demise of reading Patch as a reliable news source. The "New Patch" is failing, I would have to agree with Chris.
Elizabeth Janney July 03, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Many times we get police statements when a story breaks, then others come forward with their sides and we can share that story to better represent the bigger picture. If you know the victims and they would like to speak with us to get their version out there, please message me at elizabeth.janney@patch.com.


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