Yellowstone National Park

Jail time issued for Yellowstone visitor after disorderly conduct

Jail time, probation and fines were part of the sentence against a Yellowstone visitor last week after he was arrested for disorderly conduct and interference with a government official after a drunken incident at Grant Marina.

Here’s what happened during the Yellowstone disorderly conduct incident. According to a Department of Justice press release, Kyle Campbell, 31, was with a group of individuals on June 21, 2021 who had been scheduled for a guided kayak trip at the Grant Marina in Yellowstone National Park. The guide refused to take the group as he thought they were too intoxicated. Campbell, from Fairmont, Indiana, and his group became upset and created a disturbance that led the kayak guide to call security officers and park law enforcement rangers. 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.

He subsequently pled guilty to several criminal charges: 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. 

Appearing before for arraignment and sentencing before United States Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth, Wyoming, on June 23, 2021, he was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment, a five-year term of unsupervised probation, and a ban from Yellowstone National Park for five years. He was also ordered to pay $1,550 in fines and a $50 special assessment fee. 

“We understand that people are eager to get out this summer and enjoy our national parks; however, this type of behavior is unacceptable. Thanks to the quick actions taken by park rangers and the park vendor’s security officers, no one was seriously harmed,” said Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray in a press statement. “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.” 

The incident was handled by rangers of the National Park Service and security officers of Xanterra Parks and Resorts. Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Hambrick prosecuted the case.

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