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Pursuit, Attempted Assault On Rangers

Arches National Park

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Rangers Karen McKinlay-Jones and Will See were returning from a SAR incident in separate patrol vehicles around 11:30 p.m. on August 27th when they encountered a vehicle traveling into the park at a high rate of speed. An attempt to stop the vehicle five miles into the park was unsuccessful. As the rangers pursued, the driver – later identified as Kevin Tupper, 36, of Bradenton, Florida – turned around and headed back towards the entrance. The rangers were unable to catch up, so requested assistance from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department. While searching a turnout for the vehicle, See had to take evasive action to avoid having his cruiser struck as Tupper hastily left the overlook. McKinlay-Jones and a county deputy attempted to stop the vehicle at the park entrance. Tupper headed directly toward the parked patrol vehicles, swerving away at the last second as he left the park. County deputies and Moab city officers stopped him just outside the park by using a moving roadblock. At their request, the two rangers assisted with the arrest. The county will be prosecuting the case.  Tupper has been charged with excessive speed, fleeing, attempted aggravated assault and operating a vehicle with faulty equipment.


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