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Loop Parachutist

A tipster tipped us off to this tidbit of tippery this week.

Loop parachutist falls into the arms of the law
By William Lee Tribune reporter
2:41 p.m. CDT, April 3, 2011

A Chicago police officer must have thought he was seeing things when he spotted a parachute-wearing man early this morning drifting down to a Loop street from a skyscraper construction site.
The alert Central District cop heard a popping noise in the air in the 100 block of West Wacker Drive around 2:40 a.m. Seconds later, he spotted a man slowly falling to the ground by a parachute, according to police spokesman Officer John Mirabelli.
Police said the downtown daredevil appeared to have leaped from the unconstructed shell of the Waterview Tower and Shangri-La Hotel, a high-end condominium/hotel resort at which construction sputtered to a halt in 2009, during the nation’s economic woes. Only about 26 floors of the planned 90-floor project had been completed.
After making sure the 44-year-old man was uninjured, the officer took the man into custody. The parachutist, Shaun Walters, of Ottawa, was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.
Walters was unavailable for comment.

Naughty, naughty, Mr. Walters!

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