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Hennepin Co. Sheriff's son goes mudding, could face felony charges

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DELANO, Minn. (KMSP) -

Lake Rebecca Reserve Park near Delano, Minn. is truly a hidden gem, with gorgeous hiking and horse trails, which is why this recent incident is such a bummer.

A horse trail was completely chewed up and basically turned into a huge mud pit after Ryan Stanek, the 21-year-old son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, and seven of his friends decided to ignore the signs and go off-roading in two trucks and an SUV. All three vehicles became stuck -- and stuck good.

Police were called around 3 a.m. on April 30, long after the park was closed, and found them spinning their wheels.

On his Facebook page, Ryan Stanek posted a picture of his mud-caked Ford, calling it a "redneck paint job."

Once they got stuck, the question was how were they going to get them out. The park service didn't want to get tow trucks into the area and tear it up even more and they wanted it to dry out. Ryan Stanek didn't have any patience for that.

According to the police report obtained by Fox 9 News, Ryan Stanek told the local police chief, "if he didn't get his vehicle back today it was going to be problematic."

The younger Stanek then ignored police and went back to get the truck out himself with a winch, telling an officer if he didn’t like it to arrest him.

While the others were apologetic, "Stanek was demanding, argumentative, and disrespectful" to Three Rivers officers and the police chief.

Trees were damaged and the trail needs to be re-graded, the total damage will be more than $5,000, which means the Sheriff Stanek’s son and his friends could be looking at felony criminal damage to property in the first degree.

Police are still investigating before they decide if they’ll seek charges.

Ryan Stanek got out of the mud, but he may not be out of trouble just yet.

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