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BASE jumper parachutes from crane at downtown San Diego building

Posted: 5:33 AM, Sep 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-07 12:14:54Z
BASE jumper leaps from East Village building
BASE jumper leaps from East Village building

SAN DIEGO — A man was arrested by San Diego police early Friday morning after he BASE-jumped about 500 feet from a building in the city's East Village neighborhood.

At around 12:30 a.m. local time, security guards at an unfinished high-rise apartment building called police after seeing someone climbing up a crane next to the building.

Responding officers arrived and spotted a man with a parachute harness about halfway up the side of the structure. A police helicopter hovered at the scene as officers used a loudspeaker to tell the man not to jump.

The man ignored orders and proceeded to jump from the building, successfully deploying his parachute as he floated down to the street.

After landing safely in the middle of Market Street, the man was arrested after surrendering to police without incident.

The man, who referred to himself as “the professor of adventure,” was given a trespassing citation and could face a fine to pay for the emergency response.