Parks Ranger Found Passed Out With a Beer

Tyson Young was noticed by a passerby

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 30, 2014 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nothing like cracking open a brew and falling asleep ... at the wheel of your patrol car. That's apparently why California State Parks Ranger Tyson Young was found dozing in his parked vehicle on Aug. 15 in Northern California, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A passerby (who's staying anonymous) found him passed out and intoxicated on State Route 254 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, officials say. Afraid Young was injured, the passerby called out to him and banged the hood, but no luck, Last Coast Outpost reports. "I shook him, really shook him," said the man. "And then I saw the beer between his legs."

So the guy called 911 and snapped the ranger's photo while waiting (the Chronicle has the pic). Young came to and drove off, but the CHP soon pulled him over. "Young displayed objective symptoms of intoxication and was detained for a DUI investigation," said a CHP officer. Young was arrested for DUI and put on administrative leave during the investigation. "We do not tolerate the use of alcohol in the workplace," said a State Parks spokesperson. "We take matters like this very seriously." Young was the supervising ranger for two state parks, the North Coast Journal reports.

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