Man allegedly on drugs knocks down woman on Rocky Mountain National Park trail

A man who was combative with rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park was under the influence of drugs and taken to a local hospital, according to a news release.

The incident unfolded on Thursday when park staff responded to  afternoon cellphone calls from visitors about a man running down the Gem Lake Trail, toward the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead parking area, “yelling that he was being chased by someone with a rifle,” according to a RMNP news release. Responding rangers also received a report about a woman being knocked down on the Gem Lake Trail by a man running down the trial.

About 400 yards from the trailhead, rangers found a man sitting on the trail who appeared to be injured. “He appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance,” the news release said. Rangers determined the man was the same man who was reported running down the trail. He was detained, became combative, an then taken by ambulance to Estes Park Health medical center. The woman who was knocked down on the trail was also taken to EPH and treated for injuries.

Rangers determined the hospitalized man was with two other men who were hiking Lumpy Ridge. Those two men were contacted on the Gem Lake Trail and then escorted to the parking area.

“The hospitalized male was determined to be under the influence of narcotics,” the news release said. “No weapons were found in the area and there were no additional reports of a person carrying a rifle.”

About 30 people on the trail were contacted by rangers investigating the incident. No one heard gunshots and no one saw an armed person in the area. The case remains under investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will bring charges, if any are filed in the case, according to the release.

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