Guy Caught on Film Sitting by Old Faithful is Banned From Entering Yellowstone for 5-Years

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Gabriel Villalva pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and foot traffic on a thermal area in Yellowstone. Credit: Laramie County Sheriff’s Office

Remember this guy? The guy who was caught on film urinating into geysers in Yellowstone National Park, and was then apprehended after a car chase with the police ended with his car engulfed in flames? Well, earlier this week he was banned from entering Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks for five years reports the Epoch Times.

Gabriel Villalva, 27, of Colorado, entered a guilty plea of disorderly conduct and foot traffic on a thermal area in Yellowstone. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman sentenced him to five years of probation, and he can’t enter the parks

Videos showed Villalva standing several feet away from Old Faithful on Sept. 14, and he was also accused of urinating into the geyser. The man was later arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming, during a police chase. His vehicle caught on fire in the incident.

Old Faithful “currently erupts around 20 times a day and can be predicted with a 90 percent confidence rate within a 10-minute variation,” Yellowstone says on its website.

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Credit: Kelly Kosciuk

If the geyser had erupted when Villalva was dangerously close to it, he likely could have been scalded with hot water and steam from the geyser.

“Stay a safe distance from thermal features and never leave the boardwalk to walk on a geyser’s fragile crust,” it adds. “Old Faithful can vary in height from 100-180 feet with an average near 130-140 feet. This has been the historical range of its recorded height. Eruptions normally last between 1.5 to 5 minutes,” the website reads.

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