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Alleged Menomonie base jumper charged with criminal trespass

Dunn County (WQOW) – After getting his parachute caught in a guy-wire while base jumping on Thursday, a man was released from the Dunn County jail on Friday.

Mason Barth was officially charged Friday with a felony: Criminal trespass to energy provider property.

In an interview with police, Barth stated he has “base-jumped” from a few bridges in Minnesota but never in Wisconsin. He admitted seeing a “no trespassing” sign after entering the property, but climbed and jumped off of the 300-foot communication tower anyway.

Barth also stated that his parachute deployed incorrectly causing him to collide with the guy-wires and become tangled in them. He called authorities to be cut down and rescued.

Barth was released on a $1,000 signature bond. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison.

Chris Hoyt

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