Yellowstone National Park rangers apprehended a Canadian man driving a stolen Parks Canada truck after the driver failed to stop at the park’s northern entrance, according to an NPS Morning Report posted yesterday.
On the morning of Sunday, June 1st, the Yellowstone Communication Center received a call from visitor use assistants working at the North Entrance reporting that a pick-up truck with a green stripe and light bar failed to stop at the entrance station. They reported that the driver gave them a peace sign as he drove through the stop sign. Law enforcement rangers were notified and stopped the vehicle 5 miles south, in Mammoth Hot Springs.
The Parks Canada vehicle turned out to be stolen from Banff National Park on May 30th. Rangers investigated the driver, and placed the Canadian citizen into custody without incident.
The driver reported that he had taken the vehicle to drive south, where it was warm. Somewhere between Alberta and Montana, the driver saw a dirt road that went around a fence near the border checkpoint, and drove until he reached the highway on the U.S. side.
Park rangers, special agents and the assistant US attorney worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Crown prosecutors, ICE, Parks Canada and the Canadian Consulate to determine how best to proceed with the investigation and prosecution.
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