Overzealous Female Tourist Scales 10 Foot Fence At Hot Springs National Park Mountain Tower: Charged With Trespassing

 On Tuesday, October 2, 2013, just before 10:00 a.m., while Hot Springs National Park was closed to the public, roads and facilities were shut down, Hot Springs, National Park rangers were dispatched to an intrusion alarm at the Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

Ranger David Van Nest arrived on scene moments later and while performing a building check, he observed a dog tied to the rear of the building near the woods.

Adjacent to the dog, was a back pack.

No one was around the exterior of the tower and all exterior doors and windows appeared secured.

Ranger Van Nest requested additional units to search the building.

While waiting for the manager of the Hot Springs Mountain Tower to arrive and open the facility, a female was observed by rangers hiding in the stairwell.

The trespasser, identified as Deira Inquye, 29, of Oahu, Hawaii, was apprehended and questioned by Rangers.

Her first comment to the rangers was “I think I am in trouble”

Inquye stated that she had driven from Virginia to Memphis and then to Hot Springs. Once she saw that the park was closed down, she hiked to the tower and decided to tie up her dog and scaled the 10 foot fence. She stated that once the burglar alarm sounded, she got scared and hid.

Rangers checked the rest of the building and it was all secured. Rangers were suspicious of a possible ulterior motive for entering the Mountain Tower, however, after questioning the female those suspicions were put to rest.

Her story about visiting other National Park areas was confirmed. According to Ranger David Van Nest, It appears that she was just an overzealous visitor who really wanted to see the park.

Inquye was charged one count of simple trespassing.



9 Responses to Overzealous Female Tourist Scales 10 Foot Fence At Hot Springs National Park Mountain Tower: Charged With Trespassing

  1. ark fire Reply

    October 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Just goes to show how self centered and rediculous the politicians in Washington really are. National Parks are paid for by the taxpayers,and should be open !!!

    • Ambie brewer Reply

      October 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Let her go and don’t charge her open the parks back up !!!!!

  2. Dylan Reply

    October 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    If the feds don’t want to take care of the parks why don’t we, as a state or locality, just take them off their hands?

  3. sharon Reply

    October 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    OMgosh let the woman go she just wants to see the beauty we all call home!!

  4. Lisa Reply

    October 5, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I think it is stupid to close down the parks and lakes they make money. Just goes to show we need to vote out most of the ones in office and put in people with some common sense.. If they want to stop paying employees start with themselves.. AND DROP THE CHARGES SHE CAME A LONG WAY TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF ARKANSAS

  5. William Hill Reply

    October 5, 2013 at 5:40 am

    The have been running commercials on television for years begging people to come here, and then arrest them when they do so.

  6. Jeff Reply

    October 5, 2013 at 7:32 am

    We pay for those parks. We should be able to use them whenever we feel like it.

  7. Jim D'Bruissiant Reply

    October 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Send the ticket to Tom Cotton.

  8. Sandra Jacks Reply

    October 7, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I sent this whole page to Tom Cotton! I hope it is respectful enough to read what they are doing to our community. Also as a Master Student… has halted many of my online gov. resources needed for school.

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