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Deuser v. Vecera
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National Park Rangers were working a fair held on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis. Rangers Mr. Vecera and Edward Bridges observed Mr. Deuser grabbing women on the buttocks. The rangers warned Mr. Deuser and then arrested him when he urinated in public. The rangers attempted to turn Mr. Deuser over to the St. Louis police, but they were unable to process Mr. Deuser’s arrest due to their workload. The rangers decided to release Mr. Deuser away from the fair in a parking lot. Mr. Deuser was left without money or transportation. At some time he was killed by a motorist after wandering onto an interstate highway. At the time of Ms. Deuser’s death, his blood alcohol content was 0.214. The Appellants brought this wrongful death action against the Appellees under the FTCA based on the allegedly negligent acts of the park rangers. The trial court judge dismissed the case.
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