Gabriel Villalva was arrested by police in Cheyenne on Wednesday. Last week, he was cited for allegedly walking too close to Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park.
Photo: Cheyenne Police Department
Photo: Cheyenne Police Department

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

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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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