Blond Speeder's Smirk Doesn't Work in Grand Canyon Arrest for Going 36 MPH

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Image: Facebook
Dina Matlock has a need for speed.
Grand Canyon rangers wrestled an employee of the national park to the ground during an arrest last week after she reportedly refused to cooperate during a stop for speeding.

Dina Matlock, a blond woman in her early 20s known to officers as a frequent speeder, appears to have ticked off law enforcement Ranger Rick Blair by smirking and refusing to hand over her ID.

The generally low speed limits on the national park's often desolate roads can be frustrating, we know from experience. Then again, it's the sort of place where if you go too fast, you might hit the occasional elk or pedestrian.

Matlock, from Washington state, was thrilled in June to get a job, albeit low-level, at the world-famous park, according to her public Facebook site.

With a warning to other drivers, "Driving to Arizona! Watch Out! Speed! Vroom! Vroom!" scrawled playfully in paint on the back windshield of her silver VW Jetta, one Facebook post shows, she headed out the next month for her new career.

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Matlock's Facebook profile photo.
She found the park's speed limits oppressive, clearly.

Blair pulled her over about 10 a.m. February 10 for going 36 miles per hour in a 25 m.p.h. zone on South Entrance Road, a main park thoroughfare, his report filed in federal court this morning states. He knew her well because since October she'd received six traffic citations -- including two he'd written himself -- and six additional warnings for her fast driving.

Yet she refused to hand over her driver's license, despite "12 commands" to do so and two warnings that he'd put her in handcuffs if she didn't comply, Blair wrote in his report.

Matlock "instead asked to see my speedometer," he wrote. "She also claimed that she didn't know where the ID was while she stared at me with a smirk, and then produced the ID out of her purse while still refusing to give it to me."

Blair forcibly removed Matlock from her car, tried to grab both of her hands and "took [her] to the ground," before slapping handcuffs on with the assistance of Ranger Katy Wilkinson.

The rangers wrote Matlock three citations -- for speeding, interfering with a ranger's duties, and resisting. Because a magistrate judge was out of town until later that week, the report states, Matlock was then uncuffed and released with a pending court date. She appeared before a judge on Friday and was ordered to attend a hearing in March.

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55 comments
Al_Sharpton
Al_Sharpton

People in Arizona are fucking idiots. 90% of the people commenting should be thrown into the Canyon.

tayyria12
tayyria12

Journalism at its finest. You suck Ray Stern. Why don't you get a real job...

alexis5257
alexis5257

What the heck are you guys writing this shit for? This girl is being harrassed by rangers and incompetent idiots who believe one side.

Nana Helen
Nana Helen

This was not her first ticket, she knew better, she got what she asked for. Hope she spents some time in jail, and it hits her in the purse!! Mayb she will learn a lesson!! :-)

Felicia Salazar
Felicia Salazar

Ha ha Ranger Rick... he must be done making wildlife magazines and decided to pursue a more stable career as an employee of NPS :P

Toby San
Toby San

I thought this would be an interesting story. I was wrong.

Peter Fullmer
Peter Fullmer

The Grand Canyon most likely instructs its employees to honor the speed limits and cooperate with Park Rangers. That's usually one of those immediate termination rules.

Eric Rash
Eric Rash

You manufactured news? Seriously?

Ashley Burnam
Ashley Burnam

Yeah... She deserved that. Anyone else would have had the same turnout with that attitude.

Jasen Judd
Jasen Judd

And.... why does it matter she's blond?

Jasen Judd
Jasen Judd

"Ranger" = COP in the NPS. Maybe she should learn that little factoid. Never smirk at a cop, unless you intend to finish it.

Gigi Berry
Gigi Berry

I'm confused #1 why this is news and #2 why people think it's OK for cops to abuse a person. This woman is obviously an idiot, but Ranger Rick (really? I laughed so hard) doesn't know how to control his anger. And BTW this is HIS side of the story. I want to hear hers before I make any kind of a judgement.

Lisa Gonzales-Goodman
Lisa Gonzales-Goodman

Yeah um if I get a ticket in a 25 zone I just drive 25 next time even if the cars behind me ride close. She was asking for it.

Chad Austin
Chad Austin

Should have tazed her ass and chained her to a tree.

Del Chacal
Del Chacal

Yeah, not producing your ID warrants removal from the car and hand cuffs... You are all too conditioned to your police state. He had her license number and can deduce who she is through that and send her on her smart ass way.

Hector Joe Mora
Hector Joe Mora

If you are seen staggering around the Grand Canyon the cops will put you in jail . they claim it is to keep you from falling in it

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

She deserves what she gets. The ranger didn't do anything wrong. She was speeding. She refused to provide ID when asked. She's an idiot. If she had complied, she may not even gotten a ticket. Utter stupidity on her part.

Dave Demlong
Dave Demlong

guess she probably thought her smart ass ways were consequence-less

Brian Woloshin
Brian Woloshin

Good for the park ranger. She deserves whatever they do to her including a bit of time in Jail.

Leilah Publications
Leilah Publications

I have worked at the Grand Canyon before the NPS rangers are cool, you have to do something real stupid to piss them off...like what she did.

Go-Getter ML
Go-Getter ML

Well being that there's a 5 miles an hour grace period she was really going over 6.. Not like it was 90 .... This shouldn't have even made the headlines

Quentin Dampier
Quentin Dampier

Just because she's white and blonde doesnt put over their rules/laws for the park. How many times have she done this before? Ok right. She is lucky they didnt beat her ass. Dont feel humiliated now after speeding and selling those wolf tickets. Next...

Matt Norman
Matt Norman

Her being on time is more important than a human life. Enough said. Cop should have shit her on the spot

AS702
AS702

She's an idiot.  She should follow the law, just like all the other citizens.  What gives her the right to do what she wants?  She deserves whatever she gets.

John Gray
John Gray

"Eleven over" sounds like the officer was being generous. What ever happened to "yes, sir. I'm sorry sir..?" Hopefully she gets this figured out without bringing more drama upon herself.

submarine
submarine

Well I feel better. Just think if Justin Beiber had been next to her, you could have seen some full on racing at sub 40 mph speeds. Thank the Park Police for keeping us safe. 

jeanjb
jeanjb

delusional blonde is pretty common in these here parts

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Remember that if you're busted on federal land, it's automatically a federal case and it's nothing to be trifled with. This will not be your run of the mill misdemeanor case. She will do at least six months if convicted.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@submarine  

Read the article (again?).  Look for the mention of wildlife and pedestrians.


madelinemindy
madelinemindy

@eric.nelson745  

Scary stuff!for 36 mph , Here in CT the police officers are very nice about pulling people over. They wouldn't have been bothering someone for 36 mph? 50, 60 ,70 and up. Your in trouble. Big trouble. We have strict motor vehicle laws here. If you don't have a current insurance card, They tow your car away. Depending on what your attitude is..... Was she smirking like wtf me AGAIN?? Dam Wshington Plates! LOL?? Or was she smirking like your going to have to take me out of this car in cuffs, 2 of you !!! bf I give you my liscence!!! ---- sounds fishy....     

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  <== legal imbecile.


There are Federal misdemeanors, which are treated as ... wait for it ... misdemeanors.


There are also Federal petty offenses ... guess how they are treated?


HipTip: "Federal Case" does not signify the seriousness of the crime, just the JURISDICTION.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Flyer9753 ... tell us again how a supposed CFII doesn't know what the basic minimum altitudes are.


LOL!

madelinemindy
madelinemindy

Again , why do we care is she is a blond? I live next door to a blond , should I be watching her more closely for speeding?? 

???? What???  

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @eric.nelson745  Well, maybe not six months. That's if she doesn't show remorse and plead out. As a correctional counselor for federal inmates, I've had a few speeders on my case load. One did get six months for going real fast and leading authorities on a chase. Now, here, she resisted arrest. That's going to count against her too.

LoveItOrLeaveIt2
LoveItOrLeaveIt2

@DonkeyHotay    I saw NO abuse by authority as reported in the article.  She was asked 12 times to produce her license, and lied about its availability initially.  I say throw the book at her so this young woman will learn to respect authority!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Donkey, I honestly think you must work for MCSO. You seem to just make up law and expect folks to believe it. Are you a law student who is hoping to become a lawyer?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 ... speeding 36 mph is not an arrestable offense -- outside the overzealous mind of the Ranger who brutalized her simply because he didn't like her attitude -- so without a valid probable cause that an arrestable offense was being committed -- again, "speeding" 36 mph is nothing more than a summary traffic infraction --  there is little valid basis for claiming she resisted such an unlawful attempt to arrest her.


You have a piss-poor comprehension of law and due process for someone who claims to be a "correctional counselor for federal inmates".


Why would anyone who has been abused by authority like that "plead out" instead of demanding and exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to a fair and speedy trail, by a jury of one's peers, in a court of competent jurisdiction ?




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