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 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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