You don’t expect violence or problems with criminals at campgrounds in our national forests. But authorities forced some campers to leave their campsites at a Forest Service campground because of an altercation between law enforcement and a camper.
According to Peninsula Daily News,Tommy Lee Cook III, 28, was in the Clallam County jail Saturday on $450,000 bail after a three-hour standoff with authorities, including a narcotics enforcement tactical team, at Klahowya Campground about 35 miles west of Port Angeles, WA, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.
Cook had two felony bench warrants against him totaling $450,000 when law enforcement officers received information he was staying at the campground, authorities said. Campers who were staying in campsites near Cook’s recreational vehicle were evacuated during the standoff, which began at 10:15 a.m. Friday and ended at about 1 p.m. with Cook walking out of the RV, Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said Friday.
The warrants, which involved alleged illegal drug activity, were issued on a Dec. 6, 2017 heroin possession and delivery charges, which included a firearms enhancement, and July 3 heroin delivery and firearms charges, on which he had recently made bail.