Man Climbs Sandy-Hit Coaster, Plants Flag

38-year-old arrested for trespassing

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2013 2:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Daring and patriotic, or reckless and stupid? You be the judge: A 38-year-old man was arrested today after climbing a roller coaster that had been swept out to sea by Hurricane Sandy and planting an American flag on it, NBC 4 New York reports. Christopher Angulo reached the coaster via canoe, carrying three duffel bags full of food and clothing. He told police he intended to stay for two to three days, and that he "did it for America."

But before he could finish his campout, police arrived in a motorboat, talked him down off the coaster, handcuffed him, and charged him with criminal trespassing. Police say they've had "run-ins" with the self-professed climber and surfer in the past, but didn't elaborate.

In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, a roller coaster that once stood on the Funtown Pier at Seaside Heights is seen dunked in the ocean after the pier was hit by superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, NJ.
In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, a roller coaster that once stood on the Funtown Pier at Seaside Heights is seen dunked in the ocean after the pier was hit by superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
A roller coaster that once stood on the Funtown Pier at Seaside Heights is seen dunked in the ocean after the pier was hit by Superstorm Sandy, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Seaside Heights, NJ.
A roller coaster that once stood on the Funtown Pier at Seaside Heights is seen dunked in the ocean after the pier was hit by Superstorm Sandy, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Seaside Heights, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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