A Michigan Man Busted For Climbing Mount Rushmore
A Michigan man recently fell off of George Washington's face creating a bizarre police chase.
Ayman Doppke, from the Detroit area, plead guilty last Thursday and was fined $1,500 after illegally climbing Mount Rushmore. Documents signed by a federal law enforcement officer says that Doppke was seen at the top of George Washington's head around 11:35 A.M. on August 19th according to the Rapid City Journal,
Doppke created a “hazardous condition” by climbing an unsafe slope, falling and forcing law enforcement “to chase him,” the officer wrote.
Doppke found out the hard way why it's illegal to climb Mount Rushmore. It's dangerous. The suspect ended up falling 25 feet down a cliff. After he was captured he admitted that he was attempting to scale down the most dangerous side of the mountain in an attempt to avoid capture. Well, that didn't work out so well.
Oddly enough, this isn't the first Michigan man to be busted for this offense. 19-year-old Zachary Scholssau was caught climbing on the rocks below the faces of Mount Rushmore according to this 2018 story from the Rapid City Journal,
Schossau was arrested and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $30 court processing fee for climbing in a closed area of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Both Michigan busted for climbing Mount Rushmore are from the Detroit area. We clearly need to get rock climbing walls installed on the east side of the Mitten.