Flagless ATV catches attention of rangers, leads to arrest

File photo: Sand Mountain area of Sand Hollow, Hurricane, Utah, May 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

HURRICANE – Rangers for the Utah Department of State Parks and Recreation arrested a man for being in possession of a stolen off-highway vehicle Saturday evening at the Sand Hollow State Park.

Juan Jose-Garcia. Las Vegas NV. July 5, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Juan Jose-Garcia of Las Vegas, booking photo in Washington County, Utah, July 5, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Juan Jose-Garcia of Las Vegas Nevada was arrested after a traffic stop on his OHV revealed that the OHV, or all-terrain vehicle, was stolen.

“When the Rangers observed the ATV traveling on the Sand Dunes without a flag, they initiated a stop of that off-highway vehicle,” Park Manager Laura Melling said. “When they proceeded to check the vehicle identification number, or VIN, they found that the ATV was stolen.”

Under Utah code, it is a felony charge to have in your possession any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer that the person knows or has reason to believe has been stolen or unlawfully taken.

“Jose-Garcia, who was operating it and was in possession of it, was arrested for that offense,” Melling said, “as well as operating the OHV without a flag in the dunes.”

Jose-Garcia was transported and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional facility. He was charged with possessing or receiving a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony, and an OHV equipment violation for having no flag, a class-C misdemeanor.

According to the county’s booking information, Jose-Garcia’s bail was set at $10,100. As of Monday, he has bailed out.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • DB July 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Maybe someone can help clear this up for me…A man gets arrested for driving a stolen OHV (without the proper flag, even!) and bail is set at $10,100. Looking at a different story from today, a man is driving drunk (allegedly, of course), causes an accident sending someone to the hospital, leaves the scene, later tries to run away from police and the bail is set at $2,380. What am I missing?

    • LOL'd July 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      this is utah, so property is considered more valuable than human life… simple enough?

  • Another 60,000 July 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Is this a local name or a good old buy?

  • Kenneth Fry July 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Think they are guilty untill they can prove there innocent.

  • LowRider July 8, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ya it a felony to be a crook, thief to commit larceny. Do to all the drunks in town which know they will be driving sooner or later keep drinking and driving a misdemeanor. Therefore there is a big difference between bail. Besides make sure that wasn’t Passos he was charged. Another 100,000 strong

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