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Woman who allegedly disrupted Whiskey Off-Road vendors while posing as an inspector arrested for trespassing

Prescott Police "had a few calls about traffic, no criminal calls, one DUI arrest downtown and a woman was arrested for trespassing" during the Whiskey Off-Road bicycle race, but there weren't many incidents the weekend of the event, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

On Saturday morning, a 79-year-old woman cited for failure to stop at a stop sign after she collided with a vehicle driving south on Marina Street told an officer she was confused with all the road closure from the mountain bike event.

Saturday evening, a different woman was arrested for trespassing at the event after she tried to get up where the mayor was speaking, Morley said.

At 5:56 p.m., an officer answered a call about a woman disrupting vendors at the Whiskey Off-Road event near Goodwin and Cortez streets.

A man with Epic Rides, sponsor of the bike race, told the officer the woman approached vendors throughout the day saying she needed to make sure their booths met safety codes, and vendors told him she was affecting their ability to do business.

When an Epic Rides employee asked to see the woman's credentials as an inspector, she refused to show any identification, and continued to disrupt vendors, according to the police report.

The man asked police to trespass the woman from the weekend event.

When the officer told the 58-year-old Prescott woman she could not go to any Epic Rides or Whiskey Off-Road events or go near vendors, she told the officer she can go wherever she wants because "this is America," according to the police report.

The woman's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people charged with misdemeanors.

After the officer served the trespass warning, the woman said "We'll see," then walked to the stage where Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall was giving a speech.

Officers stopped the woman as she reached the steps and yelled out to Kuykendall. They they took her away in handcuffs.

The woman was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing in the third degree.

Officers later learned the woman's vehicle was improperly parked in the 200 block of W. Gurley Street, blocking motorcycles from being able to leave their parking spaces. An officer issued the woman a parking ticket and her vehicle was towed.


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