A fall to remember: man fined over $1,500 for climbing Mount Rushmore

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Michigan man who was arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore has been fined $1,530 for his scaling of the monument.

On Thursday, August 19, Ayman Doppke was spotted climbing the monument at around 11:35 a.m.

According to court documents, Doppke was “seen on top of George Washington’s head.” Doppke was then seen falling down a cliff of about 25 ft. before tumbling down a loose gravel slope. He was found about 100 ft. below the base of the monument.

Doppke, who later identified himself to law enforcement, said that he had seen signs that read “Federally Closed Areas” and disregarded them. He also admitted to trying to get out of the area quicker after he felt that rangers would try to place him under arrest.

After being treated by medical units on scene, he was placed under arrest and charged with violating an area closure and creating hazardous conditions.

Doppke’s fine, which includes a $30 processing fee, must be paid in full in three months.

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