Nags Head man charged in scuffle with NPS rangers

By on September 5, 2013

A Nags Head man has been charged with six misdemeanors after a confrontation with National Park Service rangers during a traffic stop Saturday on a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach.

Park Service Operations Chief Jon Anglin reported that Ranger Mark Krebs stopped a Chevy Suburban south of ramp 44 near Cape Point after seeing four children riding on the rear passenger door window sills.

During the stop, the driver, Bryan Lowe, approached Krebs’ vehicle and was ordered back to his truck, Anglin said. After a second ranger, Mark Goad, arrived, Lowe reportedly began yelling and moving toward him.

Efforts to subdue the man with an electronic control device, commonly referred to as a Tazer, were unsuccessful and a scuffle ensued, Anglin said.

All three were taken to The Outer Banks Hospital. One of the rangers received six stitches on his face, according to Anglin.

Lowe was charged with unsafe operation of a vehicle, failure to comply with a lawful order, resisting an officer, threatening an officer, under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct. Anglin said other charges are possible.

Lowe was booked at the Dare County Detention Center, where bond was initially set at $5,000. He was released after posting bail, and an appearance before a federal judge is scheduled in Elizabeth City on Sept. 9.

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September 6, 2013 6:15 pm

Well I have never blogged before, but have to get my 2 cents in. None of us knows what happened that day, we were not there. All I know it was a very bad event…. with that said; All I would like to state is about Bryan’s character. I know Bryan Personally. He is my neighbor and friend. I can testify that he is one of the best fathers I have ever seen. He spends countless hours with his children and their friends. He takes them fishing, surfing, sking, jet sking, and boating all the time. He gives sleep overs and kids partys for all the kids in our areas. He is an outstanding person and father. He is a proud member of one of the best families in our area. His brothers and mother are top notch. He will gladly give his shirt off his back for someone…..that is the Bryan I know and respect. All of us make mistakes, and have bad events happen in our life. So please before you go pass judgement, lets just see how things shake out. I bet we will all be surprised to see all parties contributed to this bad event.


September 6, 2013 4:28 pm

Really? 2 highly trained NPS officers felt so threatened by a guy with 4 little girls on the beach that they felt it was necessary to Tazer him 4 times?!? I think the community needs to see the NPS squad car video of just how “threatened” these grown male officers were by this middle aged businessman with his two 9 year old twin daughters and their friends. PUBLISH HIS TOXICOLOGY REPORT! Show he was drunk and belligerent – can they???? Then review the rules of when officers are allowed to use potentially deadly force against an unarmed man while watching the tape. This society has lost its mind when we come to zapping dads on the beach if they question authority. Sick.

KDH Rezident Evil

September 6, 2013 1:53 pm

Well, John Radford, I’m sure you will make an excellent witness for Mr. Lowe at the trial, seeing as–by the detailed account you provide–you clearly were standing right there.


September 6, 2013 1:08 pm

Glad to hear Bryan Lowe stood up for his constitutional rights, divine rights, granted to all in this Republic. I would like to remind the totalitarian police state supporters to tread lightly as many folks around here will not be bullied and are aware of the law. To be detained without issuing a ticket is wrong. To make those kids wait and cause fear in their hearts seems to me what they were a ultimately after. Fear is the police states weapon, besides guns and tasers. Good luck Brian, great to see someone has some Cojones left intact.


September 6, 2013 12:21 pm

When you are stopped you are technically under arrest during the time the officer completes his investigation. You may ask if you are free to go, but if the officer replies in the negative, you are still under arrest.

It seems according to both the article and Mr. Radford that Mr. Lowe was ordered back to his truck. That seems likely from these two accounts to have been a lawful order, and Mr. Lowe by approaching the second ranger disobeyed that order. I wouldn’t think the fact that the stop had taken 45 minutes will be found to be a legitimate defense.

Further, Mr. Radford states that Mr. Lowe had the right to defend himself after the ranger attempted to restrain him with the Taser. A person under lawful arrest has no such right.


September 6, 2013 9:57 am

Since when do the police have to tell you that you are being detained? The best way to stay out of jail is to obey the law and avoid the police. If that means making sure your kids are seat belted then do it. If you get pulled, stay in the car. If you get impatient with the police, it is obviously a battle you won’t win.

John Radford

September 6, 2013 9:08 am

He was not drunk or aggressive. He waited patiently for them to ticket him and after 45 minutes with three children in the vehicle he became impatient and went to the ranger’s truck to ask for his ticket or freedom. No law enforcement agency has the right to detain you without telling you why.


September 6, 2013 9:08 am

uh, just saying… it’s spelled TASER. stands for Thomas A Swift Electronic Rifle

tazer. hah


September 6, 2013 9:07 am

Don’t wanna obey federal law? Don’t use federal beaches. Simple.

John Radford

September 6, 2013 9:05 am

This started on the beach!

Jackie Harris

September 6, 2013 8:19 am

Dare County should start billing the NPS for all sevices, jail,radio communications, trash collection and anything else they require or ask for.

John Radford

September 6, 2013 7:55 am

Just another example of law enforcement harassing citizens. Lowe was being held up by the rangers for 45 minutes and asked either to be free to go or ticketed. the ranger didn’t like his attitude and when Lowe demanded that he be freed the ranger tazed him. Lowe defended himself and now the rangers trumped up all these charges, all while Lowe had three children in his car. The feds will lose this case because its all on audio and video. Lowe asks several times if he was being detained and the ranger just kept telling him to go back to his truck. The ranger tazes him with absolutely now provocation. The “largest street gang in America” is the combined law enforcement agencies backing each others bs stories and acting outside the bounds of the law. If you don’t agree look up “largest street gang in America” on youtube. It will open your eyes.


September 6, 2013 7:36 am

I’ll add that 6 stiches is the result of more than a scuffle


September 6, 2013 5:59 am

Can I have his permit?? don’t think he needs it anymore.


September 6, 2013 4:30 am

Please tell me that the MV violation that started this whole thing was on a roadway and not the beach. Did they test his blood-alcohol content?

Obx local

September 6, 2013 12:16 am

This is a good dude see him In the community.. Use to see him at his shop island dyes alot but, he has kids now a days so you don’t see him As much, problem now is I hope he doesn’t raise the prices there they are already HIGH ;) but. Always ask for my local discount which they offer which says alot in my book being. Local. Ok done.

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