Man accused of walking too close to Old Faithful arrested in Cheyenne

Credit: Cheyenne Police Department

Credit: Cheyenne Police Department

A Colorado man accused of walking too close to the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park last week faces more charges after he led police on a chase in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Billings Gazette reported.

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Gabriel Villalva, 27, of Greeley, Colorado, was arrested in Wyoming’s capital city Wednesday after police said he was driving recklessly, the newspaper reported. Police said they used spike strips to stop Villalva after a 15-minute chase in Cheyenne.

"We don't have a clear motive or anything to it," Cheyenne Police Department spokesman Kevin Malatesta told KECI. "I can say one of the things he was arrested on is DUI. We suspect that controlled substances and alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this."

On Tuesday, four citations were filed against Villalva for allegedly walking on the cone of Old Faithful on Sept. 14 and refusing to step away from the geyser when told to do so. Tourists videotaped a man who resembled Villalva sitting next to the iconic landmark, the Gazette reported.

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