Man gets jail time for misbehaving in Yellowstone National Park

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An Indiana man was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment and banned from Yellowstone National Park for five years after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.

Kyle F. Campbell, 31, of Fairmont was also given a five-year term of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $1,550 in fines and a $50 special assessment fee stemming from his behavior on June 21 at Grant Marina on Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park announced Wednesday.

“Campbell was with a group of individuals who had been scheduled for a guided kayak trip at the Grant Marina in YNP,” the national park stated in a news release. “The guide refused to take the group as he thought they were too intoxicated. Campbell and his group became upset and created a disturbance that led the kayak guide to call security officers and park law enforcement rangers.

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“During the encounter, Campbell made threatening comments and gestures toward the officers. He also exhibited signs of being intoxicated and refused to obey officers’ orders. Campbell continually struggled and kicked at the rangers, resisting arrest, and later injuring himself while banging his head in the patrol car.”

Before United States Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth, Wyoming, Campbell pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct; threatening, resisting and intentionally interfering with a government employee; violating 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 Magistrate Judge Carmen’s warrant to collect 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 United States Attorney Bob Murray. “Thanks to the quick actions taken by park rangers and the park vendor’s security officers, no one was seriously harmed.

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“Stay sober, because unruly and intoxicated behavior will only earn you a spot with the jailbirds rather than enjoying the beauty and adventure of Yellowstone.”

Generic photos courtesy of Yellowstone National Park.