SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An adult son of southern Nevada rancher and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy said he spent a night in a southern Utah jail after sheriff’s deputies accused him of resisting arrest when he appeared in a justice court for an unrelated code violation summons.
Ryan Bundy, 42, said Wednesday that a judge in Cedar City freed him without bail and set a court date in March on the misdemeanor resisting charge and a misdemeanor case of interfering with an animal control officer that Bundy thinks stems from 2013.
“Interfering with what? I didn’t understand it,” Bundy said. He said he pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the animal control officer case stems from allegations that Bundy improperly removed a horse that had been impounded after it was found loose near Cedar City Regional Airport.
Bundy was booked into jail Tuesday after scuffling with deputies and telling them he wouldn’t be arrested, Iron County sheriff Sgt. Nik Johnson said.
Bundy, a rancher and former construction company owner, said the summons was for a code violation relating to a vehicle parked on property he owns in the southern Utah county of Iron County. He said he now lives in Bunkerville, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Bundy’s family home and melon farm is in Bunkerville. It was the scene of a tense standoff last April between well-armed backers of the ranching family patriarch and federal agents trying to round up Bundy cattle from public land in a grazing fee dispute.
Federal Bureau of Land Management agents withdrew, and Cliven Bundy became a symbol for resisting authority.
Life has to be tough when you have a famous dad. The bar is set unbelievably high and unless you are successful enough to one day unseat the old man from the family thrown, anything less is viewed by society as a total failure. I actually almost feel sorry for these guys. The Jordan twins, Scott Caan, Jaden Smith (actually, I don’t feel sorry for him. He’s an asshole), how are these dudes ever going to compete with the accomplishments of their forefathers? My main man Ryan Bundy is certainly pulling his weight, though. Not to be outdone by Pops and his “get off my land, you whippersnappers” episode, Ryan is out here in these streets keeping it real af. I don’t know the Bundy’s personally, but I’d imagine a total disregard for the authorities is something that Papa Bundy was preaching from day one. Way to make the old man proud. Ryan Bundy, chip off the old block.