A Pickerington man was arrested Friday after he parachuted off an 893-foot broadcast tower on the Ohio State University campus, police said.
James Allen Hare, 22, of 13835 Stonehenge Circle, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing, OSU Police Lt. Kelly Gray said.
Police responded to a report around 5:15 p.m. that a man was climbing the tower at Lane Avenue and North Star Road on the west side of campus, Gray said. The tower does not have a ladder and is surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with razor wire.
Gray said police saw Hare jump from the tower and land in a nearby cornfield, where he was arrested.
Hare is a base jumper who says he has leapt from structures 71 times, Gray said. Base is an acronym for buildings, antennas, spans and earth.
The tower at 2470 North Star Rd. is operated by eTech Ohio, a state education-technology agency.
Gray said the university has not had a base-jumper problem.
“I’ve been here for 25 years, and that’s the first time I remember anything like that happening," he said.
In 1986, four men parachuted from the roof of the 37-story Huntington Center Downtown and landed on the Statehouse lawn 512 feet below. They escaped in a car before a police officer who had been at State and High streets could stop them.
Columbus police noted at the time that no law prohibits jumping from a building, but the parachutists can be prosecuted for trespassing.
By Rick Rouan - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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