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9/29/2010 9:46:00 PM
Man arrested after allegedly leaving accident, climbing tree, threatening officers
Kyle Kai Tang
Kyle Kai Tang
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Prescott police arrested a man Wednesday night on charges including endangerment after he left the scene of a collision, climbed a tree, refused to come down, and threatened to jump into the bucket of a ladder truck to hit officers negotiating with him.

An officer booked Kyle Kai Tang, 27, of Prescott Valley into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of three counts of endangerment, two counts of resisting arrest, and leaving the scene of an accident.

At 10:03 p.m., an officer answered a call about a collision at Oregon Avenue and Downer Trail where a person was injured.

Prescott firefighters told the officer that the driver ran into a wooded area and had climbed a tree to avoid talking with a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy.

The officer said the deputy told him he heard someone running through the woods and found a man, later identified as Tang, climbing up a pine tree.

Tang screamed profanities and refused to come down from the tree when the deputy and the officer asked him to.

"He repeatedly refused to come down from the tree," said Sgt. Clayton Heath, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. "It took us four hours to get him down."

The officer looked inside the totaled Dodge Neon car, saw the two front airbags had been deployed, and found a bottle of whiskey on the passenger-side floor.

Another officer who investigated the collision wrote in the report that the driver who was heading eastbound in the 1600 block of Oregon Avenue lost control as he approached a curve, left the roadway, crashed into two large rocks on the right shoulder of the roadway, traveled another 54 feet and struck another large boulder, crossed the roadway and traveled 92 feet before hitting a tree and stopping.

When the officer returned to the tree, he told Tang he could have received a concussion and that he needed to be checked by firefighters. The officer said Tang, who looked intoxicated and had impaired speech, again refused to come down.

The officer told Tang he was under arrest for leaving the scene of an accident and that if he didn't come down he would be charged with resisting arrest.

Tang said that he was fine with that and he would never come down from the tree, according to the police report.

Central Yavapai Fire District sent a ladder truck with a bucket that three officers got into so they could get near Tang and speak to him to try to get him to come down.

Tang screamed profanities, acted as if he would jump out of the tree, lunged at the officers negotiating with him, and threatened to jump in the bucket and hit the officers, according to the police report.

After four hours negotiating with Tang, the officers pulled Tang from the tree when he got within reach, but he continued shouting and resisting the officers, which put them in danger, Heath said.

Life Line Ambulance treated Tang for scrapes and bruises from climbing the tree and his injuries from the collision and fighting officers and took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for further treatment.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 04, 2010
Article comment by: Get it straight.... ......

compliments to the Prescott Police Department not YCSO as it was Prescott's scene.

Posted: Monday, October 04, 2010
Article comment by: Dear Friend Dear Friend

I have know this Sweet Man for several years and his family. He and his family are hard working HUMAN BEINGS. Yes Kyle is obviously having a hard time and is in need of help, however criticizing him is not the answer. He has worked a heck of a long time and paid his taxes and has medical insurance so Don't be concerned with the darn bills. He fully understands the result of his actions and the behavior that was demonstrated was not his normal mentality. He must have had a concussion and if we was drinking then he will face the music the honorable way as he always has. I just hope those that are too quick to judge are not on his jury. Let's hear the whole story before we jump to conclusions and not rely on what we have read in some newspaper. He is a LOVING HUMAN BEING AND FATHER! I am grateful the Police were so patient and not so Brash as all of you that are condemning him. Hang in there Kyle you have a'lot of people who love and care about you:)

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010
Article comment by: foggy moonlight

Hopefully he will wake up and be responsible for the family he has created. Get help, It is available.

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010
Article comment by: tparti supporter

I hope this is his wake-up call. Please have a full recovery from all your troubles!

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010
Article comment by: High School Friend

I would like to second everyone who commented that they appreciate how the YCSO handled the situation (sans tasers). Kyle is a big-hearted - if not incredibly misguided and troubled - man who is in bad need of help. I am hoping that someone can see past his blatant stupidity and provide it to him.

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010
Article comment by: Just Saying...

I don't often compliment the YCSO. However I am respectful of the patience that is obvious in this situation. I can find no fault with anything they did. If this were my son, I would be grateful he is alive. I say good work to the firemen and to YCSO. I don't know if I would go all the way to hero, but the young man survived, and YCSO used patience, and it seems clear to me that they probably saved his life.

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010
Article comment by: Ry Wreck

I know Kyle (for going on 12+ years) and his family quite well. He is not a bad person at all. Very loyal and hard working. There has to have been a lot going on, I am sure, for him to go to such an extreme. I wish him luck.


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Tongue in cheek

The officers said that guy was acting squirelly...

I'll be here all night tip your waitress...


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Bob Vance

And the down side is . . . ?

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Grundle Cat

If he were Tasered he might have broken his neck in the fall from the tree. Do you want to pay for the lawsuit from the survivors? Officers are prohibited from using their Taser if there's a reasonable risk that the person might be seriously injured, for example by a FALL. No imminent danger to anyone, no need for Taser. I'm surprised they bothered with the cherry picker. Post a guard at the base of the tree next time! I promise the dude will come down sooner or later, at a much reduced expense to the taxpayer.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Common sense

Here is a waste of our time and resources. This guy should be in a tent jail at best. Anybody that thinks there is a chance of rehabilitation should take him into YOUR home and put YOUR family and belongings at risk using YOUR money.
I am tired of the system paying for these useless people.


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Elizabeth May

I was sorry to read this today, and to see the agony on his face. I served with Kyle Tang's mother in the Lake Valley Elementary School P.T.A. when I first moved to Prescott Valley, and our kids were so little, all the way back in 1988. He comes from a good hard working family. They used to own and operate the Canton Dragon on Willow Creek. Really good food, and really good service. This must be very difficult for everybody involved. It's easy to judge, but it has been my experience that the proud will be brought low. My heart goes out to the family. I pray that this embarrassing incident will be a catalyst for positive change in all your lives.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Yawning Cricket

That guy shouldn't have wasted public employee time I.T.E.!!

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: so sad

This young man's name was in the paper on a previous occasion for a domestic dispute with his girlfriend/ mother of his child. I think perhaps a prayer should be said that he gets some help for whatever issues he is going through.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: The Gunney

@ R K

I have to agree with Raul Duke. And lets through in, if your feelings are "Nice system you have here in the U.S.", the go back to where ever it is that you feel is better.

MAN UP MARY!


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Raul Duke

You went to the ER for something they ended up giving you asprin for?? Man up, Mary.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Grundle Cat

I really hope they gave him back his whiskey - MY face hurts looking at that picture. Whiskey would be useful as both an antiseptic and an anesthetic.
As a matter of interest, where is the DUI charge? Usually they pile on every level and type of DUI they possibly can.


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: SO SIMPLE

How much money did this fiasco cost the taxpayers? The answer is so simple: TASER!

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Bubba Freeman

And yet another example of substance abuse and the consequences associated with it. Mr. Tang turned a bad event into something much worse due to the influence of some mind altering substance. I hope this serves as a wake up call to Mr. Tang to turn his life around before he kills himself or worse an innocent bystander.


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: R K

What will the hospital bill be?
I had an x-ray of my knee and was given 2 Tylenol after a sports injury last spring and the bill was $780.00!
When I asked why it was so high, the hospital billing agent said. "You pay for those who don't or can't." Nice system you have here in the U.S.


Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: The Devil Guy

They should have cut the tree down with him in it...

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Article comment by: Face the Fiddle

What in God's name ?
This is the problem with America today.
Nobody is willing to stand up like a man and face the fiddle.
Run from the problems is their temporary fix.
Then, close your eyes in order to "see no evil"




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