Indiana Man Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct After Yellowstone Kayak Trip
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 30, 2021
After threatening and fighting with rangers during a tipsy kayak trip, the Indiana resident will serve 60 days in prison and is banned from Yellowstone for five years.
Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that Kyle F. Campbell, age 31, of Fairmont, Indiana, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident on June 21, 2021, in Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Campbell appeared for arraignment and sentencing before United States Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman in Mammoth, Wyoming, on June 23, 2021.
On June 21, 2021, Campbell was with a group of individuals who had been scheduled for a guided kayak trip at the Grant Marina in YNP. However, 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. 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.
Campbell pleaded guilty to several criminal charges related to the June 21 incident:
- Disorderly conduct
- 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 the degree that may endanger oneself or others
- Contempt of court for refusing to comply with Magistrate Judge Carmen’s warrant to collect a blood sample.
Campbell was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment, a five-year term of unsupervised probation, and banned from YNP 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. “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.”
This 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.
For questions relating to Yellowstone National Park, please contact Public Affairs Specialist,
Morgan Warthin 307.344.2015 or Yell_Public_Affairs@nps.gov