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BASE jumper won't let arrest stop him

Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 @ 9:05 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 @ 9:05 PM

Two men could be in trouble with the law after they were charged with criminal trespassing for going onto private property near Bryan Road in Jamestown to jump from a 250-foot tower during Tuesday’s violent storms.

Nicholas Marinkovic, of Chillicothe, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Greene County to a count of misdemeanor criminal trespassing.

And 21-year-old Lars Elliott, who was with Marinkovic, remained in jail Wednesday night on one count of the same charge. His hometown was not listed in online jail records.

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Marinkovic, who calls himself a “professor of adventure,” told News Center 7’s Yuna Lee that he won’t let an arrest stop him from going back to a cell tower in the county so he can jump from it.

“I was trying to jump off something because I love to do it,” he said Wednesday outside the jail. “I don’t do it because it’s a chore.” It’s a matter of expression, he said.

They call themselves BASE jumpers -- base being the acronym for buildings, antennas, spans and earth. They jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break the fall.

Marinkovic said he’s like any other thrill-seeker, willing to risk everything for a few seconds of exhilaration. Tuesday, he said he was under the tower waiting for the storms to pass so he could climb it and go BASE jumping.

Elliott was just along for the ride and didn’t intend to jump, said their friend, Megan Parsons, who was with Marinkovic at the jail. Elliott was there at the tower off Bryan Road, just in case. “He was like, ‘I’m not jumping off that, there’s no way,’ " Parsons said Elliott told her.