County Worker Charged with Trail Sabotage

Sep 30, 2012
by Tyler Maine  
By Teresa Ristow
Mail Tribune

A Jackson County-employed psychiatrist who the Forest Service says admitted to sabotaging mountain-biking trails in the Ashland watershed will head to court in late October after his actions allegedly injured three bikers and put others in danger.

Jackson Tyler Dempsey, 57, of Ashland, was arrested July 22 after he admitted to laying nylon cord, nails and vegetation along trails on multiple occasions because he "did not like downhill mountain bikers," according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service officer who arrested Dempsey.

Ashland mountain biker Bill Roussel said that on July 22 he spotted a man walking on the mountain biking trails and reported him to a Forest Service officer.

The arresting officer reported that he found Dempsey near milepost 11 on Forest Service Road 2080 near Mount Ashland later that morning. He said Dempsey admitted to sabotaging trails on at least five different days in June and July.

Dempsey is employed as a psychiatrist at Jackson County Mental Health in Medford. When contacted by phone, Anne Larson, director of the Mental Health Department, said she could not comment on the case. On previous phone calls, Mental Health Department employees answering the phone said Dempsey was with patients and not available. Dempsey did not return multiple calls in July or on Friday seeking comment.

Roussel, who owns the mountain-biking shuttle service Ashland Mountain Adventures, said in July that he had seen the same man on numerous occasions walking along mountain biking trails in the watershed.

The officer reported Dempsey had a piece of nylon cord with him, which appeared identical to four other nylon cords the officer had recovered in the previous six weeks.

Dempsey was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. He is due in court Oct. 29 to face the charges.

Three mountain bikers sustained minor injuries because of hitting either the cords or vegetation that Dempsey admitted to placing across the trail, according to the report.

Roussel said that on the day of the arrest he received a minor cut on his leg after hitting a log that had been dragged onto the trail.

The Forest Service in July declined to identify Dempsey as the suspect in the trail sabotage after receiving a request from the Mail Tribune. Dempsey's arrest was public record but there were no accompanying details to positively link him to the trail case. The Forest Service also denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the newspaper. Dempsey was identified as the suspect Friday through newly released state court records.

Since the July arrest, Roussel hasn't found any new vandalism on trails in the watershed, according to Sue Roussel, his wife and co-owner of Ashland Mountain Adventures.

"It was a really stressful six weeks," she said Friday. "We're waiting to see what happens next."

A previous court date of Sept. 24 was postponed because Dempsey was working through mediation with the state regarding his charges, according to court records.

Source: Mail Tribune - Southern Oregon

Reach reporter Teresa Ristow at 541-776-4459 or tristow@mailtribune.com.



What do you think should happen to people that intentionally set out to harm others? What should the courts do in cases like this one in Ashland, Oregon?


232 Comments

  • 148 0
 Psychiatrist goes psycho...
  • 47 1
 Looks like he couldnt treat himself
  • 6 7
 Same thing happened to Galbraith..
  • 49 1
 Put him on top of some stupid gnarly downhill trail on a bike and tell him theres only one way down. Maybe then he wont make more risk than there needs to be. Yes i know this wont work. Also too bad no one got pictures of him doing this, that would have been the best sequence saturday ever.
  • 17 0
 Some people just go a little bonkers. Seems to be a trend with the Psychologists.. anyone in the SF bay area remember Michael J. Vandeman PHD? wacko..
www.berkeleyside.com/2010/06/03/bicycle-opponent-arrested-for-assaulting-cyclist
  • 31 0
 Gotta give it up to Bill, he would go out to the mountain first thing in the morning and scout the trails for weeks to make sure others didnt get hurt. Unfortunately some did but in the end it paid off and it led to getting this old dude arrested. I put in a lot of laps out there in Ashland this summer using Bills shuttle service and Im glad I never got rung around the neck going mach speed down the trails out there. Big thanks to Bill and the Forest Service!
  • 32 2
 What an a*shole ! He should be fined at least 10k + damages to any riders who got injured ect.

Heres his mugshot!

convicted.me/oregon/jackson-county-jail/inmate/jackson-tyler-dempsey-97305
  • 4 0
 ya i remember mike. i ride by his house frequently after riding side-o and say hello
  • 12 1
 push him off the jah drop
  • 3 0
 looks like Holywood's film coming in real life .... psycho
  • 4 0
 nob jockey
  • 6 0
 Theres been a case recently in my local where someones tied metalwire across one of our tracks, some guy ended up riding into it and had to get 30 stitches in his arm, i dont think they realise tue level of stupidity there at, and the fact that their actions can cause serious damage or fatal. Its f*cking stupid.
  • 3 1
 I have pics of the things he put up when i ran into it
  • 3 0
 Same thing happened here on the Little Cottonwood DH trail. Someone was laying logs down in very sketchy spots where serious injuries could have easily occurred. You know its not the forest service because those guys just take down the features and they don't want anyone to get hurt because its a massive liability for them. These people deserve to be locked away. Nails? Are you kidding me? That's just insane.
  • 3 0
 ziptie his hands & feet to the top tube and ghost ride him on a nasty line. had a friend get really hurt because of someting just like this.
  • 1 0
 Something similar happened here not so long ago, made the news and the police got involved trying to find the crackhead who did it but no such luck. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTvcv6HQZoU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  • 2 0
 This sort of thing happens occasionally at my local woods. There's this old guy (dubbed "the stick man") who put sticks and logs across trails and paths that he thinks bikers go down, He shouts and swears at you if he sees you, he even grabbed a mate of mine whilst he was cycling and pulled him of his bike. The problem is that he has a huge alsatian, no arguing with that. He has been reported to the police by several people, but it's difficult to stop someone from sightings and vague reports.
I hate these kind of people.
  • 17 0
 I hope he gets herpes.
  • 5 3
 Well I don't like county workers, does that mean I can attempt to kill them?
  • 1 1
 Everyone drop a comment on the page.
  • 16 1
 I think every single member of pinkbike should be able to punch him in the stomach... Tie him to a pole, then tour around the world, organising and attending 'punch a cunt' events where everyone can give him beats for being such a dick...
  • 2 0
 sounds about right^
  • 3 1
 tom666, I would pay for that to happen. There are two sorts of people in this world. Bikers and non bikers. Unfortunately we have too many non bikers like this dick who don't respect this awesome sport for what it is. Punching them in the stomach would make me feel so much better.
  • 6 0
 BUT WHY??? A Dh-er must have f*cked his wife good!!
  • 7 0
 I say we put him at the top of rampage on a brakeless bmx and tell him he has to make it down the whole way
  • 1 0
 "Drop the soap, f*cker" What i would say if i met this dick..
  • 5 0
 being someone who has been close-lined by fishing wire tied in between trees on bike trail, all i have to say is i hope this madman gets locked up for a good amount of time. you are something this world doesnt need
  • 3 0
 ^ouch and agreed, the world doesn't need people like this.
How do people think that they can do this sh*t. I respect everyone on the trails, wether their bikers, hikers, horses or what ever and the fact that other people can't respect us is not right. I've been yelled at and pulled off my bike by people thinking they know whats best for the trails. It's a miracle that I haven't broken any jaws.
Some one should take this dude and have him lay down and use him for a jump haha
  • 2 0
 Nice ideas everybody but as a group Mountain Bikers need to represent themselves a bit better than those ideas. This man has been put into a position of trust by the state, I think he himself needs a psychiatric assessment. He should pay for the medical bills, damages, etc, be locked up or forced into community service as well as having his license taken away.
  • 4 0
 SuperslowDH...while i support your rational and mature ideas I still hope he gets herpes.
  • 2 0
 He hates DH??? I've got the solution!

Take his shirt off, paint his face red and white, tie him to a chair, and stick him in the front of the next Crankworx HeckleFest!
  • 1 0
 Are you kidding me?!?

Due process? HE ADMITTED TO DOING IT! This isn't some murder trial where you can argue that he was somehow coerced into a confession... more proof that hate-filled hikers have control over public policies...
  • 2 0
 It's innocent untill proven guilty. hope he has to do community service in a mosquito infested sauna with no repelant on.
  • 1 0
 Yeah but he shouldn't hold a position of power that influences public policy in a community during all this. There's a reason officers are placed on leave during investigations... and come on, he admitted to doing it, haha.
  • 1 0
 If it were England he would be suspended without a doubt. Happens all the time here on totally different issues.
  • 1 0
 I've ridden Ashland and used their shuttle service. Great people who are really friendly and trails! I don't know why someone would do such a thing!
  • 112 1
 He should be forced to perform community service by either trail maintenance or assisting in building a new trail. He should also stop being a dick.
  • 9 3
 ^ this. That would be a fitting punishment. Go build a new trail since you don't seem to like them. Ha.
  • 17 0
 This for sure haha. Don't let him go until he's built the best freeride trail the world has ever seen
  • 11 0
 Bugger that! What he has effectively set could be considered man traps, which are wildly illegal. I can't dig a massive spike trap in my backyard to catch would-be-criminals, so even if the trail is illegal he hasn't got a leg to stand on.

What if he had dug out a landing or put a log in the middle of the up ramp for a jump that you can't see coming? This could have been far more serious, I'd hate to see him let off with some puny warning or community service.
  • 6 0
 what I don't get is how our local council does this sort of thing to illegal tracks around here. Instead of closing them, most of the time they dig bomb holes after drops, drag trees over chutes, etc. where's the line between an individual doing this and the council doing pretty much the same thing?
  • 2 0
 My suggestions were just my opinion for a minimal punishment. I totally agree with you, Flam, that he should be convicted and punished much more severely. Let's just hope that the judge is also a cyclist.
  • 1 0
 @ Thetake401. That is very interesting. Is it just happening in your town or something that happens in other regions in the UK? Either way, I think it is something that should be exploited. Because that is f*cked up. If they are doing further damage to the trails and surrounding environment, then that is very hypocritical of the council.( Assuming that the trails are illegal because they don't want people digging but they are seeking justice by further damaging the area.)
  • 3 0
 Umm, he's Australian... but moving on, here in the UK, illegal trails/jumps will often get flattened, but I've never heard of councils/authorities making them actively more dangerous. That sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen!
  • 5 0
 Aw poop. Now i feel like an uncultured bonehead. Been drinking for a while now and those little flags geta harder to distinguish after all these wine coolers and chocotinis.
  • 1 0
 @thetake401, I would be amazed that a local council would take the risk from a legal perspective. Looks like local riders need to approach them and sort this out. Some councils have a far more progressive attitude, and whilst they frown upon illegal trails, with the right support they will help build and maintain legal ones!
www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=1475
  • 2 0
 @spoothead

seen the same problem here, both trail nazis (people doing sabotage) and the local authorities pulling down illegal trails and actually making things more dangerous because riders have no warning when coming into a blind corner on the trail at speed and finding some idiot has dumped logs or felled trees

its has gotten so bad in some areas of the UK that riders are always advised to walk up the trail before riding down, to check the trail for safety

also seen some horrible and dangerous mess left behind when local authorities have pulled down illegal 'north shore' style timber trails and rather than removing them (which causes serious $$ ££), have broken them up leaving a tangled mess of broken timber with large splinters, sharp spikes and nails sticking out ready to cause serious injury to people and animals Frown
  • 1 0
 @si618: remember when council put bollards up on the postie track years ago? That's not so progressive, there was a safety element that needed to be sorted sure, but te bollards made it dangerous. Remember the holes dug and fishing lines in brow hill creek? We have our fair share of haters here too...
  • 2 0
 Also give him a big ol' felony on his record. He doesn't deserve to work for the community outside of court appointed community service hours.
  • 2 0
 you know he could build the oakley sender seeing as its not done yet...
  • 1 0
 And Build a good trail not clear out 10 trees and say "Job done!" Build People in Oregon a Freight Train!
  • 41 4
 Death via fire ants!!
  • 27 0
 I agree entirely that this guy should have the book thrown at him (and a spade maybe) but I do get frustrated by local bikers in my area not giving the community the respect it deserves. There's a local woodland with epic trails which I ride all the time, when I'm walking the dog I keep well away from them and on the footpaths for pedestrians only, a couple of years back some d*ckhead kid hit my dog while he was tearing down a footpath on his bike, didn't stop to see if my dog was ok (she wasn't) and told me to "F*ck off" to boot. Add on top of that the piles of chocolate bar wrappers and empty drinks bottles that litter the local DH trails and dirt jumps and it's easy to see why walkers aren't always bike fans. If I ride any shared paths I take it easy if I know there might be a family walking up around the corner and always make sure I slow right down to pass pedestrians and wish them a good morning/afternoon.

Helmets like this trail wrecker need to be punished hard, but bikers need to take some responsibility too, stick to riding where we have the least impact on others and tidy up after ourselves.
  • 6 0
 Your not by any chance talking about swinley forest when you mention the litter are you? I ride there all the time and the amount of rubbish left by the little twats is really pissing me off, if they can carry the shit up there they can take it home too, place looks like a f'in rubbish dump
  • 4 0
 It was actually Leckhampton Hill in Cheltenham before I moved over this way. But I ride Swinley all the time now and the jump gulley and the DH area over the back are dreadful aren't they? I've been riding over 20 years and never left litter on the trail. Wrappers and bottles weigh a lot less once we've consumed their contents don't they? It's totally understandable that walkers get pissed at us. They don't separate responsible riders from the idiots who litter the trails, it's so unnecessary and I'm sure we'd get a lot more support for digging trails if we looked after the areas where we ride.
  • 3 0
 Litter is a massive hate of mine at my local trails , on saturday some young riders turned up left their bags at the trail and went riding leaving litter all over the place , so I collected it up and put it in their rucksacks , come back later and the little pricks took the rubbish out of thier bags and left it behind.. WTF is wrong with people , I like being in the woods to get AWAY from the suburban mess not drag it to the country side. Got to the point now where I actually want to get aggressive with people that litter at my local now
  • 2 0
 yes the same happens in Ambergate wood ,little spotty youths turn up do half a DH run,smoke fags,eat copious amounts of biscuits and crisps and then f*ck off leaving a right mess behind. These people aint real bikers who love being in the woods and outdoors they are just wannabe chav bikers, Rant over .
  • 3 0
 Bigburd- I feel ma man. Most of the time I finish my ride with trash in my pockets that I've picked up along the way. Fortunately, most of the trash in my neck if the woods isn't from mtn bikers. I can't think why anyone would litter, defies all reasoning.
Littering is a huge trigger for me. I've been very confrontation (kept to issue) with people, freaked few people into a serious reality check and left others speechless. I have to say I've been lucky. I have never got my ass beat or shot. Not sure how I feel about confrontation it has its +&-. Biggest thing I notice is sometimes it's easier if I quietly pick it up myself (I stay calmer and it's safer).
Big props for doing the work! You know in the end the forest is better off because of you. I believe the forest, nature takes care of its own.
  • 3 0
 @dally666, I'm with you man, sometimes you got to be ready to beat your point across, this is the same reason I can't legally Mtb in Canada, gotta beat up stupid people all the time, the sad part is that you can't beat up enough of them to do any good in this world, and his is why we quietly pick up there trash. I think that the cowardly shit this guy does shows how much he isn't a real man, got a problem, pull the guy of his bike and tell him you got a problem, were to womanized as men nowadays to deal with shit like a man, most of these pussys couldn't of handled the Wild West when we dealt with shit like men. My son will be raised this way, to face problems up front and right away, and I don't mean violently I just mean like a man.
  • 1 0
 Brugles- hope your dog's ok. That was aweful! You're right, we all have to be good ambassadors to the sport.
  • 2 0
 joeMFreed- I have to be honest with you man it's never come to blows. You're totally right though, there is no shortage of stupid people out there.
  • 24 1
 He should be locked up
  • 6 1
 for life!
  • 15 0
 In a cell with Rob Warner... Joker
  • 3 0
 dingus- oh that's good man!
  • 18 1
 throw him into a mulcher, then make a lip or a berm out of his remains
  • 11 0
 and make a POD from the roost
  • 13 0
 Pang. The noise my shovel would make as I wrap it around his face. I nearly died riding Moto X in Australia because some dick strung barbed wire across a trail.
  • 11 0
 There is some psycho doing the same stuff here on my local trail. Nail without heads in trearoots, cords, rocks and branches...

The trail is used by a lot including me and my 7 year old son.

(Danish news)
furesoe.lokalavisen.dk/livsfarlig-chikane--soem-i-skovbunden/Politi/20120917/artikler/709189397/1125

The police is not doing a damn thing.
  • 1 0
 Dig trenches, fill them full of tar and feathers, then cover them up do you can see it, just so he/she falls in to it ha
  • 5 1
 this is sad man Step#1 get a ghillie suit Step#2 find and remove all trail traps in the area Step#3 get alot of riders i the area and have some fun for at least 2 days,really make your presence known on the trail Step#4 clear everyone out and get that ghillie suit on and just wait near the area where previous traps where secured(dumb people always do the same thing twice)Step #5 spot the person sabotaging or setting up a trail snare Step#6 teach that guy a lesson Whip Dead Horse
  • 2 0
 Oh my God, this lunatic is a wannabe killer. What if someone falls and hits the nail with his face?? Guys like him should be treated the same way as those charged with attempt of murder!
  • 1 0
 This kind of thing is more Common than you'd think. Even in the flattest part of the UK we have people putting nails, wire and dog shit all over the trails to stop us riding. We even found one bloke destroying some of our trails when we went for a group dig on a friday night a few years back. He had the cheek to tell us to grow up and find something better to do with our time. We then pointed out that he was the sad twat who was out on his own on a friday night destroying other people's hardwork. Fisticuffs were narrowly avoided and thankfully we never saw him again.
  • 3 0
 you should have beat the shit out of him, then run him over with your bikes
  • 8 0
 First of all, in no way do I support this guy or what he did. But.... as a land owner who has to deal with the litter and damage to my property by disrespecting kids, I can see what people look down on bikers, dirt bikers etc. I do not damage the trails, and have put up signs saying "private property, use at your own risk. Please use respectfully." which have been taken down and burned. Trail feature I have built have been damaged to make the trails easier to ride.

Please everyone do a reality check. Are you respectful of the property that is not owned by you? Others have mentioned the littering. LISTEN TO THE LANGUAGE YOU ARE USING IN THESE POSTS!!! DO YOU REALLY THINK ANYONE WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUS AS RESPONSIBLE LAND USERS WITH THESE COMMENTS? THE POSTS IN HIS WALL ACTUALLY SUPPORT HIS ACTIONS BECAUSE OF THE DISRESPECTFUL AGGRESSIVE MTBers. GROW UP AND ACT LIKE RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE TO PROVE HIM WRONG!!!!!!
  • 12 1
 Whip contest with his face to aim at
  • 6 0
 last thing he'll ever see is a pair of schwalbe danny harts coming towards him at mach 3! I love your idea bro
  • 5 0
 Put him in a cell with "were the trail ends" on a constant loop and throw away the key!!!!
Only then will this old trail wrecking wankstain find something better to do other than put other peoples lives in danger! He's clearly got a problem, maybe he should have checked himself into the mental hospital he works at!!!
  • 5 0
 "did not like downhill mountain bikers," Has anyone asked him why he has a problem? I don't get it...... its not like we hang around on street corners riding over cars and beating people with our full faces! The guy is a total arsehole!
  • 2 0
 I can understand walkers not liking us if we happen to be on their trails, but the easiest way to get us off them, is for us to have our own. This action seems counter productive. Right I'm off out to the nearest park with a bottle of diamond white dh pajamas's and fullface on to hang around shouting and swearing.
  • 1 0
 I agree, it makes no sense at all.
Sounds like a plan..... I will come and join you for a piece of Rob Warner style mayhem, Be sure to bring some 2.7 maxxis tubes so we can tie up the people we steal from before we nick a police car and have a midnight uplift session at cwm carn!

Some people are just beyond a joke an deserve everything they get! (and i hope they get allot!)

I just hope the three guys that got hurt are ok and back on the trails smashing it up! Smile Smile Smile
  • 10 2
 Castration Brule - perhaps with a hot iron
  • 2 1
 what a dick wad...
  • 3 0
 Haha he will get all he deserves, finally the dicks who wreck trails are brought to shame
  • 4 0
 I've often wondered about people wrecking roll ins on a few of my local trails, if I see someone do this I will take it very personally I have a family and if someone tries to sabotage somewhere I ride in this way I'll take it as someone trying to stop me going home to my family, and that is about the only thing you wouldn't Walk away from if you fuck with me, so I reckon this bloke should get a few years jail time for his own safety!
  • 1 0
 Back in Wales, small place called Rhyd Y Foel, I've actually been attacked by a guy who looked like Santa, but there's been fishing wire across tracks, not shitting you now.. But actually sharp stakes! Crazy shit
  • 3 0
 A friend of mine rode into a fishing wire trap years ago , he so lucky that it snapped against his helmet , if it hit his throat.... well he would be no longer with us , it would of cut to the bone. These people are savages , if I caught some one setting a trap there would be a man sized mound of earth as a new trail feautre.
  • 3 0
 Nasty bast*rd!!!!! Always amazes me that these kind of people won't go into inner cities and try stop the chavs doing what they do, but they'll hide in the bushes and sobotage the 'easy' targets. It must be a popular misconception that just because we are riding bikes, and not spitting and swearing and walking around with a can of half drunk Stella our hand, that we won't punch you in the face if we catch you ruining the trails and endangering lives, because we will!! How many dads ride with their kids and send them down first so you don't leave them behind? I do, imagine doing that and they end up garotted. Shame on you haters, your extreme dislike of us doesn't even make sense.
  • 3 0
 I think we shall make him sentenced to building a new line all the way from the whistler peak to the village and have him maintain it every friday nigh- wait a sec! he'd be fine with friday nights as he clearly has no life. anyways what a fuckin dickhead his parents clearly didnt raise him right
  • 1 0
 Fuck From whistler peak to where I live .... Yorkshire ... UK.
  • 3 0
 The email address for Anne Larson, Director of Jackson County Mental Health Services.is larsonap@jacksoncounty.org You could send a POLITE, WELL WRITTEN email to her expressing (for example) that you question whether it's appropriate for someone who knowingly sets out to hurt innocent people to be practicing Psychiatry for a public agency. You could also email the Jackson County Board of Commisioners to express your concern. They are:
John Rachor rachorjv@jacksoncounty.org
Don Skundrick skundrdw@jacksoncounty.org
Dennis C.W. Smith smithdc@jacksoncounty.org
  • 8 1
 What a dick!
  • 7 0
 Lock him up!
  • 2 0
 My Gosh Darn, I used to ski that mountain 25 years ago... Thats one place I went to college... Ashland was an interesting place..

As for the shrink.. He needs to get on a mountain bike and learn to be free... I think he's jealous because with all his degrees he doesn't have a life...

When he's in jail; maybe a mountain bike action mag will be hanging around that he can read and learn how real men and women live!
  • 2 0
 A bit of a different case, but i was riding along the road to a friends house once along the road. Going down a fairly steep hill, and some smart ass's had tied thin fishing string/wire between two lamp posts.. Luckily it snapped when i went through it, if not i would have looked like this guy:

uncommonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/monty-python-black-knight.jpg
  • 1 0
 I've heard of neckbraces and helmets but daammn you take your protection to the next level hahaha!
  • 2 0
 I ride Alaska with a quick release 45 Magnum strapped to my chest to protect from bears. Sounds like Oregonians need to do the same for psychos. I'd like to make a recommendation to the Pinkbike community. We need tracking mechanism, like for sex offenders, so people that commit violent acts against unknown riders can be tracked so we always know where they live and work. I live in Haines, Alaska. Up here the only way to leave is though Canada customs into Yukon with 150 miles to next town, or boat or airplane 90 miles to US. Accountability that arises from no anonymity is awesome. People that are not anonymous are polite and reasonable like Canadians. I build trails and if anyone put our riders at risk they would be made unwelcome by the whole town and everyone would keep an eye on them.
  • 2 0
 similar things happened on my local dirt jump trails its right my the train tracks and its not a pretty area so biker have built trails there for 30 years its a small area too about 75m by 25m and we keep the drunks and drug dealers away so we werent hurting anyone. someone started stomping on the jumps and putting dog shit everywhere. last summer while i was building with my younger brother they guy saw us and started cussing us out and threatening that he was gonna strangle me and that he was gonna call the cops on us. Let me just say im a girl and I was 17 at the time who the fuck does that. it gets better HE HIT ME WITH MY OWN SHOVEL and sliced my leg open so we ended up calling the cops on him. he ran of course but because i filled a police report anytime i see him all i have to do is make one phone call and he gets tossed in the slammer. its crazy how other people would walk through the trails and have to problem with what we were doing and then of course just like in this story there has to be one nutjob to fuck shit up
  • 5 1
 People here throw thumbtacks on the road to blow road bikers tires... People suck
  • 3 1
 Psychiatrist huh lol Just let the dude pop a couple prozac pills,
Strap him on a road bike and send him off the Oakley icon sender at Rampage,
On the way down he can psycho analyse his fall... tup
  • 6 1
 one of you crazy amricans should go kill him .... just sayin
  • 1 0
 hahah man be carefull one might,never know down here in the lower 48.lol karma will just end up getting him..i know he deserves it..
  • 1 0
 it takes one helluva crazy person to be pushed to malicious action rather than just ignoring something that bothers them, for whatever reason. My local xc trails have had broken glass scattered on them, and fish hooks hung from the trees. Even people who have allowed their dogs to attack passing bikers. some people are sick.
  • 1 0
 Damn brother you ride near some real f@ckers.
  • 1 0
 i think i may need to make an appointment with mr.dempsey and ask him how psychopathic it is to pre mediated assaulting young people trying to have fun in the outdoors!!jerks that set up trail snares because their little punks who are so selfish they think all trails belong to them..this happens everywhere iv seen some nasty stuff from barbed wire snares to ditched dug with sharp sharpend fence posts of metal hidden under a flat ground blind...people are sick...im not a violent guy but this stuff makes me furious..
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised people are suprised that someone would do this on a trail. The only suprising thing is that he was actually arrested for it! Round my way, things like this happen all the time. Big rocks placed on landers, parts af bridges taken out that can't be seen till you've committed to the line, etc..
  • 1 0
 some did that knd of think to my local trail when i was a kid (15ish). They fishing line across the trail, I still have a scare on my face. we knew who did it but could not prove it. It was the forestry guy him self, he used to put cut logs on the track some times it was good more things to make the track intresting. But the fishing line was head hight. It could have killed some one, insted it just cut me up.
  • 1 0
 Good work Ashland! I have seen several cases of trail sabotage in North and West Vancouver over the years and have often wondered why nobody has caught these rotten saboteurs. Trail Vandalism is a very indiscriminate way to get your point across and I hope that this arrest gives trail Nazis the world over some food for thought. Attempting to harm people that you don't agree with should be considered a very serious act of malevolence and I hope this man gets some very bad vibes from the community and the fat fines that go with it. Cash speaks volumes.... Interestingly enough there was an alleged trail alteration expert on Cypress that was suspected of being a Physician as well, A Plastic Surgeon. The exact sort of person that you expect to help you, not harm. I think this man should have a much more serious treatment than than the average person as he would be well aware of the potential outcomes of his actions. I am glad this man was caught and will now have to deal with the social ramifications of the publicity. Sorry Ashland, but I hope you will be looking for a new Psychiatrist soon. Unbelievable! I am sure the local bike community will be making him feel real uncomfortable...Good luck in Ashland dude...
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 this example is pretty xtreme but minor versions of this type of sabotage happen regularly in my area. Mainly walkers putting small logs and sticks across the tracks... not realising even average riders like myself can bunny hop over them... ;oP
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 Problem is, how long before they start doing the fishing line thing or some other booby traps. It happens on a trail near me, they place huge amounts of logs and sticks. Its not the logs and sticks that worry me it is the fact that they are so persistant that they will try to really hurt someone.
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 Totally agree kjd84, hopefully it doesn't escalate. Stupid thing is that the track these walkers / wank*rs are 'protecting' are first and foremost MTB tracks, built by riders for riders. AND there are plenty of tracks in that area that mtrs never ride... Some people are just Aholes I guess.
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 Happened at our local trails, and this is within the bike park, no walkers should be there in the first place and you have to pay to access the trails, first kid down that day had a helmet cam on an videoed himself bein clotheslined:

www.pinkbike.com/video/241419
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 Had a similar thing to this happen to me. On my local trails I come hooning round a berm only to find a load of branches had been dragged across the track. Oh how I laughed as I hit the deck like a sack of shit. Well, my mates did anyway !
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 4th degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment... how about attempted murder? he could have killed somebody!

i used to hate how some moron would sue some company like a fast food chain and hundreds of others would jump on board but in this case with such minimal charges i think any one that got hurt in ashland cycling should jump on board and claim it was on a sabotaged trail. this guy needs to be locked up for a long time
  • 1 0
 It's savage, it should be attempted murder on three counts.
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 Im just stunned that this pos stilll has his job with the county? My girlfriend works for the same county and if she gets so much as a speeding ticket she can lose her job. How in the heck is this screwed up dude still counseling people???
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 I live here and went through all this with the LEO and i was glad when he was caught but about two months later more people r ruining trails.. its really stupid what kind of things they do , i mean we dont put up crap on hiker trails that they have to move!!
  • 1 0
 We get it all the time round my way,Stroud/glos valleys,I've even caught people at it,blocking trails with logs etc and the amazing thing is its usually old walkers or ramblers well into retirement doing it. I honestly don't think they even realise how serious an injury can be sustained by their actions. More publicity and prosecutions of these idiots will perhaps open others eyes to the consequences and stop them behaving like total wankers.
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 We need to find out why someone who should be very level headed, thought it was a good idea to do this.

I think its partially because
1) The perp didn't realize the speed that riders travel, and the damage that can be done by a rope.
2) The perp didn't realize that he'd be more effective by complaining to the local government (because he works in government)
3) The perp didn't understand that he probably just increased the number of riders because of the backlash against him.
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 4) The perp does not give a shit about any of the reasons above and just is a dark and sinister character that actually enjoys the thought of hurting people regardless of the consequences.
  • 1 0
 what a f*ckhead see i am enraged right now because me and my friends spent like 10 days building a dope ass trail just to have some pussy mother f*cking hikers take our shit down and we rebuilt it 3 times. moral of the story f*ck this guy and all the other pricks "who dont like downhill mtbers"
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 www.co.jackson.or.us/contactus.asp?sectionid=0

At the bottom of the page you can write a letter to his employer telling them how his actions reflect badly on their state-run organization. As a citizen that pays taxes that go to employ people like this, I have a right to voice my concern to the people in charge.
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 And once he is (hopefully) convicted of a felony, contact these guys: wyomedboard.state.wy.us/index.aspx That dirtbag has no right to continue to practice any medicine, let alone pysch!
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 Totally agree zholmes. Here's the email addresses for Dempsey's boss - Anne Larson larsonap@jacksoncounty.org

And The Jackson County Commissioners
John Rachor rachorjv@jacksoncounty.org
Don Skundrick skundrdw@jacksoncounty.org
Dennis C.W. Smith smithdc@jacksoncounty.org

BE POLITE
  • 1 0
 we had two kids do it here in utah on a hugely popular xc trail and in a fort that is just off of it but their booby traps coulda killed some one if that sheriff didnt find them 1st
www.ksl.com/?nid=960&sid=20091241
  • 1 0
 I feel more sorry for that guy that he feels the need to be the only person that should enjoy the trail he hikes on that were probably built by the very mountain bikers he hates! that is a sad existence......anyone know a good shrink for him?
  • 1 0
 Props for Wild Bill for going the correct route and going to US forest services officer vs taking this into his owns hands and doing something like beating the guy up. Its examples like this why I've looked up to him since I was a grom.
  • 1 0
 Well this will probably cost him his professional (big stretch in this case) license along with criminal and possibly civil charges. This guy knew better and will pay for it. The state ought to treat this as attempted manslaughter.

Seems like everyone has a story about some f@cker who has done something stupid/dangerous to make a point. Too bad they put peoples lives at risk without a clear message. Make a sign assbags!

Hope this doesn't sour you guys on mental health professionals. Many ride with you and would never think of doing something so stupid.
  • 1 0
 yeah, this sucks, I hate these dickheads. I remember hearing about Vandeman in the Berkeley hills for some years (I live in the SF Bay Area). F'n with bikers isnt even just a trail occurance and seems to be more common and widespread recently. I rode a road race this past weekend, and though I managed to avoid any trouble, I heard someone had thrown tacks along part of the route and riders were hit by a ridiculous number of flats.
Also in the news recently were a coupla psychos (Oregon, I think... PNW anyhow) who set up deadly Rambo-style traps along a popular hiking/backpacking trail.
  • 1 0
 what a jerk! Hope he gets a stiff sentence for his stupidity. A year of supervised trail building and maintenance would do him some good.

There's just no place for that garbage. The trails are for all to enjoy but unfortunate there always has to a few morons who royally messes up a good outing. I ride in the Delta Watershed a lot and have come across items across riding trails that shouldn't be there. And you know these things were deliberately placed there. One day I found a rock in the middle of the a run a lot of people come flying down. Luckily I was just doing a warm up run/survey of the trail so I just moved it out of harms way...someone could have been seriously hurt. There have been other instances involving smaller fallen trees or parts of trees on the trail. Some of which gave me a real good hurtin. I know the trails are shared but there's no reason to get upset. If you see someone coming, yield/move out of the way or whatever, and just give a friendly hello and thank you (rider, pedestrian, horses, etc).
  • 1 0
 They should use the nylon cord to string him between two obstacles and let riders use him as a ladder bridge for a full day. No excuse for this kind of person being allowed to have his freedom. On top of that he is supposed to be rehabilitating mental patients?? Stick his ass in there heavily medicated for a few years!
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 I really don't understand this hatred towards mountain bikers, and it seems to be happening everywhere. There is someone putting logs across my local trails and they are placed strategically around blind corners and in places where you can't see or avoid them. This summer I hit one and nearly broke my arm, I coudn't use my arm for 2 weeks. It was my first ride since the birth of my son and I couldn't even hold him for weeks, thanks a lot reckless asshole that I don't know and who doesn't know me but seems to want to kill me. It is only a matter of time before one of these lunatics kills someone. I think that anyone doing this should be charged with attempted murder. It is the same as cutting the brake lines on someones car or placing land mines on a golf course, it is sabotage with the intent to hurt, and I hope the the people doing this are stopped or at least receive a heaping dose of karma.
  • 1 0
 i'm glad it was wild Bill that was able to get this guy caught & a lot more riders are now safe because of him.

i'd like to see this guy made an example of to the fullest extent of the law. this kind of thing happens all over & nobody really ever is caught for it except for the riders who get seriously injured by booby traps. that kind of behavior is baffling to me especially since this guy is supposed to be a psychiatrist??? i wouldn't think twice about what i'd do if i caught someone setting booby traps, they better have a good dental plan.
  • 1 0
 That happened to me at one of the trails in vic.. someone had put a huge ass boulder rock thing on the landing for a jump, i took it, bruised a couple ribs, and punctured a lung. FUCK HATERS
  • 5 2
 Why hate downhillers? We don't even wear spandex. He must have fat tire envy. LOLSmile
  • 2 0
 and probs a fat one for those triathlete outfits
  • 4 0
 I hope he like prison food and penis Because he's gunna get loads of it!
  • 1 0
 Nice pun lol, "loads of it", my sides hurt
  • 1 0
 He should be fined what we would have been fined if hurt him or vandilized his stuff. He also should have to do 15hours of community service at least! But not for the trails just incse he tries to wreck it then too.
  • 2 0
 He should lose his psychiatrist license or whatever you need to be a psychiatrist. He cant even keep himself from going insane
  • 1 1
 I just called the guys office in Ontario and left a message. I said somebody will probably lock him up in a basement, and to watch his back. He'll be scared to go anywhere, for awhile HAA! If anybody else wants to reem this idiot simply look up the guys name and location. It was worth it.
  • 1 0
 Initially when I read this I was thinking that the DH trails were cutting through this psychiatrist private property but to go out and sabotage a public trail is just pure narcissistic.
  • 1 0
 This dude should A) Have to provide a public apology in the paper. and B) build a whole new trail by himself. I hear Oregon is just FULL of pro-bike communities, so I hope they boycott this @ss!
  • 1 1
 US Law sucks! He is only getting charged with a fourth-degree assault? I slapped a girl on her a$$ at a night club cause she was being a Bit#h and was going to go get her bf to quote unquote kick my a$$. I was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault for just a slap on the a$$. How does our justice system even work! I can see maybe some kids that don't think of their actions but this guy is 57yrs old.
  • 2 0
 how did u not get sexual harrasment dog
  • 1 1
 Sexual harassment would have made more sense. After all said and done I got charged with a Disorderly Conduct!
  • 2 0
 anybody else think that he should be fined for all the damages to the bikes, and have to directly fund the trailbuilding services for the next mmm 10 years?
  • 1 0
 All bad !! People need to respect others "rights" to do their own thing.... there are things, people, and factions that I am not fond of, but I am not going to try and take them down with violence......
  • 1 0
 i dont understand why people have the need to try and harm bikers like this! its not like were going out and putting bear traps on hiking trails hoping to snag some guy who is just trying to have some fun
  • 5 1
 ASSHOLE
  • 4 1
 he was probably a hiker pissed cause we wouldnt wear a f**king bell
  • 3 1
 ive seen hikers do this up at Mt. Wilson and i scared the shit out of them when i got to them
  • 2 1
 Still seeing clients as a 'mental health' worker - nice, what brainfart and even bigger ones to let him continue while he is a clear suspect in this case
  • 3 0
 Some guys need a hobby!!! Maybe try biking???!! ; )
  • 1 0
 no he shouldnt try biking, he doesnt deserve to be one of us!
  • 2 0
 not cool. We do no harm... screw that guy... He will get whats coming to him though. No doubt in my mind.
  • 1 0
 This is happening right now at my trails...there are constantly people tearing up our jumps and putting logs across our trails simply because they don't like DH
  • 1 0
 people doing the same to xc trails in trail centers.
  • 2 0
 Fuck that guy. Gladd his locked up we don't need thoes. Kinda of people in the world. Mtb for life
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 psychiatrists, 90 percent of the time are nutjobs. His self justification for putting that crap up is just proof that he's a sociopath who should not be prescribing people drugs.
  • 2 0
 wait a minute, he works at a mental hospital or is he a patient? the guy should get flicked by the balls.
  • 1 0
 Yeah this is fairly common. Unfortunately it's not usually sabotage, but rather 'intent to harm'... ie laying logs and rocks across the backside of jumps and gnarly steeps.
  • 1 0
 true story! I broke my nose three times because such a crazy homo has destroyed my kickers!! he put some trees in the landing.
  • 3 1
 people like this guy make me sick
  • 3 1
 well he just made a bunch of enemies
  • 1 0
 a hell of a lot
  • 2 1
 Riding knowing someone was trying to cause an accident was a bummer im glad i dont have to worry about it anymore
  • 1 0
 Faaaaaarque man!.....this wasn't on the North South was it....?
  • 1 0
 Nah bro not NS.
  • 1 0
 Throw that mother fucker off a cliff the dirty bastard! He can fuck right off. He deserves to be let loose with the riders!
  • 2 0
 Attempted manslaughter, lock him up for good!!
  • 1 0
 What I meant by my comment "Buy him a Demo" was give the man a perspective from our side...censorious Pinkbike moderators...
  • 1 0
 That crap would get you shot, dragged into a sinkhole, and never found where I'm from.
  • 2 0
 he needs a old school Dr Marten dental plan \m/
  • 1 0
 Give him 10000 hours community service building new trails. Riders get more trails and he gets punished win win
  • 1 0
 I think he should be made an example. This has been happening in a lot of other places to.
  • 1 0
 I would've kicked the living shit out of him if I saw him doing that. And then left him for the wolves
  • 2 0
 They should add 'hate crime' to the list of offenses.
  • 1 0
 "he dosent like downhill mountain bikers" wtf!!! just cause hes to old try it what a penis!
  • 1 0
 I seriously hope they throw the book at him and he receives the maximum penalties, that kind of behaviour is just rediculous
  • 1 0
 The penalty should be that he has to give a sum of money to a trail building group in the area for the next several years.
  • 2 0
 --I JUST WANT TO KNOW-- WHY????
What the frack did any of us do to you?
  • 1 0
 Wow...sounds like something that happens where I live but the forrest service is on the sabbotogers side
  • 1 0
 It happens all too often here in Oregon, I have always hoped to catch someone in the act
  • 1 0
 thats one of the only positives of un-shuttlable trails, at least you can check out their condition on the trek up lol
  • 1 0
 This guy is a complete piece of shit with absolutely no use to society and should be put to death immediately!
  • 1 0
 ignorant kn*b head
why the hell would the c*ck do that when he could of killed someone.
  • 2 1
 Nice to see this getting noticed finally from a locals perspective
  • 2 1
 Death Penalty, guillotine only!
  • 2 1
 A Hannibal Lecter of the trails, eh. What a d**k!
  • 1 0
 He needs an oak tree and noose and he'll be set
  • 1 0
 Should smash his glasses then tell him to ride down the track Smile
  • 1 0
 Good work WB. I can't wait to make it up to Ashland again!
  • 1 0
 I ride for him bill and sue
  • 1 0
 Jerkson Tyler Dumbsh*t is a dead man walking!!!! What a c*nt!!!
  • 1 0
 there should be a big whip contest directed at his face
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 definatly
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 Why is this not attempted murder?
  • 1 0
 Jst kick the idiots stones in
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 [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/1eqvk1.jpg[/IMG]
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 sempre vai ter um filho da puta pra atrapalhar filho da puta
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 i hope he gets the electric chair
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 FUCK THAT GUY.
  • 1 1
 A Hannibal Lecter of the trails, eh. What a d**k!
  • 1 0
 What a d**k hed
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 rude boy!
  • 1 0
 in prison Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Cunt
  • 1 0
 strongley agree go in for life
  • 1 0
 BRING THE CHIPPER!
  • 1 0
 what a dick
  • 1 0
 What, a dick.
  • 1 0
 CUNT
  • 1 0
 That F*cker
  • 1 0
 What a jabronie!
  • 1 0
 f*ckin' trail nazi's
  • 1 0
 Liberal Tree Hugger!!
  • 3 6
 Buy him a Demo....?
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 no, buy him some handcuffs
  • 1 4
 I have a feeling your going to be punished for that comment!
  • 1 1
 rawr, handcuffs
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