Man sentenced after disrupting guided kayak trip while intoxicated in Yellowstone
CASPER, Wyo. – A man from Indiana has been sentenced after pleading guilty to several charges arising from an incident in Yellowstone National Park on June 21, the park said on Wednesday.
Kyle F. Campbell, 31, was with a group of people who were scheduled to take a guided kayak tour at the Grand Marina in Yellowstone National Park.
“The guide refused to take the group because he thought they were too intoxicated,” Yellowstone said. “Campbell and his group got angry and created a disturbance which led to the kayak guide calling security guards and park 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.
Campbell appeared before U.S. trial judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth on June 23. He pleaded guilty to several counts, including:
- Disorderly conduct
- Intentionally threatening, resist and interfere with a government employee
- Violation of the lawful order of an official
- Being under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree that could endanger yourself or others
- Contempt of court for refusing to comply with examining magistrate Carmen’s mandate to take a blood sample
Campbell was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of unsupervised probation. He was also banned from Yellowstone for five years and ordered to pay a fine of $ 1,550 and a special assessment fee of $ 50.
“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 swift action taken by the park wardens and the park vendor’s security guards, no one was seriously injured.”
“Stay sober, for unruly and intoxicated behavior will only earn you a spot among the jailbirds rather than enjoying the beauty and adventure of Yellowstone.”
The June 21 incident was handled by National Park Service rangers and security guards from Xanterra Parks & Resorts, according to Yellowstone. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hambrick continued the case.