Man Sentenced to Jail for Misconduct in Yellowstone National Park
An Indiana man was sentenced to 60 days in jail and barred from entering Yellowstone National Park for five years after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.
Kyle F. Campbell, 31, of Fairmont, was also sentenced to five years of unsupervised probation and to pay a $ 1,550 fine and a special assessment fee of $ 50 due to his behavior on June 21 at Grant Marina on Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park. announced Wednesday.
“Campbell was with a group of people who had planned a guided kayak excursion to the Grant Marina in YNP,” the national park said in a press release. “The guide refused to take the group because he thought they were too intoxicated. Campbell and his group got angry and created a disturbance which led to the kayak guide calling security guards and law enforcement rangers.
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“During the meeting, Campbell made threatening comments and gestures towards the officers. He also showed signs of drunkenness and refused to obey the officers’ orders. Campbell continually struggled and kicked the rangers, resisting arrest and later injuring himself by hitting his head in the patrol car.
Before US trial judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth, Wyoming, Campbell pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct; threatening, resisting and intentionally interfering with any government employee; violate the lawful order of a government employee; being under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree that may endanger oneself or others; and contempt of court for refusing to comply with trial judge Carmen’s warrant to take a blood sample.
“We understand that people are eager to get out this summer and enjoy our national parks; however, this type of behavior is unacceptable, ”said Acting US Attorney Bob Murray. “Thanks to the swift action taken by park wardens and park vendor security guards, no one was seriously injured.
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“Stay sober, because unruly and intoxicated behavior will only earn you a spot among the jailbirds rather than enjoying the beauty and adventure of Yellowstone.”
Generic photos courtesy of Yellowstone National Park.