Taking LSD in our national parks is sort of an unofficial pastime for many Americans. The scenery, the sunset– coming down off an intense trip around a campfire surrounded by friends and whiskey– it’s enough to make us want to start munching magic mushrooms right this second.
Then again, after reading Westword’s latest story of an acid trip gone horribly wrong in Rocky Mountain National Park– we’re just gonna stick to beer for the time being.
According to the recent article, Robert Mears of Denver, CO took a dose of LSD by himself but was accompanied by a friend with whom he was hiking in the national park. Once they returned to the car– the trip turned sour. Mears began punching his companion before putting him in a head lock while the person was driving.
From there– it would only get worse.
Ultimately the driver stopped the vehicle and maced his companion before alerting an oncoming motorist in search of help. Park ranger Jim Caretti arrived on the scene shortly after to find Mears punching the interior of the car by himself in an acid induced rage.
While phoning in an ambulance, Mears exited the car and reportedly threatened Caretti saying, “I’ll kill you motherfucker.” Caretti promptly pulled out his taser but unfortunately, the device malfunctioned. Instead of bringing Mears to the ground with a shock of electricity, he decided to use his fist instead. With the help of another ranger, Caretti cuffed the culprit before taking him away.
Mears is currently facing charges that include assault, impeding a federal officer, and resisting arrest. Nowhere does it mention possession of LSD but that charge may be pending results of a blood test.
Find the entire Westword article here: Drug Use at Rocky Mountain National Park and LSD Man’s Ranger Attack