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— A judge has signed an order that awards the former Dogpatch USA amusement park in north Arkansas to the rider of an all-terrain vehicle who was injured on the property.

Circuit Judge Shawn Womack ruled Tuesday that the property is to be turned over to settle a $650,000 judgment against the park’s owners.

The Harrison Daily Times reports that Pruett Nance struck a throat-high cable strung between two trees at the property in 2005. Nance won the judgment against park owners, including Michael Carr.

The park owners had to put up the land as a security in case the judgment was not paid. Tuesday’s order placed the land in the hands of Nance and his son.

The park opened in 1968 and closed in 1993 after it went into bankruptcy.


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  • lazybar
    May 4, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.

    you get hurt on land your trepassing on then sue owner for land,wow!now thats justice

  • 7bubba7
    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.

    An absolute crock............and we wonder why our country is sinking into oblivion!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.

    Sounds Like Hes To Stupid To Ride, Maybe A Tricycle????

  • marelou13_yahoo_com
    May 4, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.

    i loved dog patch usa as a child growning up. our county is sinking very fast. poor Judge-ment!!

  • BeeJ
    May 4, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.

    Wow I can't believe they lost their land to an injured trespasser...What's this world coming to?

  • Poorboy
    May 4, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.

    They are likely happy to unload it. Let's see how he likes paying taxes on it.

  • MaeganBell
    May 6, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.

    Is is completely outrageous that someone should be awarded the assets of another whose land they were trespassing on and hurt themselves on. That is ridiculous. This judge should be removed from his post because clearly he is not fit to make decisions that are logical or just.


    You can contact John Boozman (who wants to be part of the US Senate). So lets make sure we have a law system that works FOR not AGAINST us.


    If you do nothing and just let this case slide by you are making it okay for them to set a precedent that should someone break into your house and cut themselves on the glass they broke to get in, you will have to give them your home and property.

    THIS IS INSANE! STOP THE INJUSTICE. This place is a piece of Arkansas history! And they are just going to give it away to someone who was ILLEGALLY TRESPASSING ON THE LAND. Just crazy.

    PS: just before this ruling was made i was at the property speaking with the caretaker. the owners of this land CARED about the park and were trying to clean it up during their free time so that the place wouldn't just be lost to the elements. They were all about preserving Dogpatch, its history, and its future. now its just in the hands of some greedy people who clearly can't follow or understand basic rules of society and are merely looking to get off it as quickly as they can.

    Its a shame anyone would make such an ignorant ruling. I'm rarely (if ever) ashamed of my state, but I have to say this time, well this time I'm just completely embarrassed.

  • RichardLWitt
    May 6, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.

    It is sad that justice no longer works for those who work. Only for those who can manipulate or otherwise influence a severly screwed-up system.

  • M56mike
    April 26, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.

    Well I have read the case and reviewed the photo's in the file. Both in open court and later now by the supreme court of ARK. This young man has proven #1 that he HAD permission to be on the property, #2 that this is and was no random accident. The Owner / Now Previous owner, frustrated by the 4-wheeler traffic on his property had apparently placed a number of ATV/ HUMAN traps along the way. Cables between trees chest / neck High. It has been proven now twice in court this guy did this, then thought better of it, took them down, Forgot one, and apparently his wife or family member allows this kid to ride there, only to nearly die. He has allot of perminent injurys was not expected to live / walk / talk initially.
    Now had this guy jumped the fence and gone for a joy ride I am 10,0000% with you.. That is not how this went. At least by Court Doc's.. This kid HAD permission and was hurt not by and accident but by a TRAP...