August 27, 2010

Phish fan charged in hard landing at concert

The Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A Maine man who was injured after police say he leaped from the upper deck at Long Island's Jones Beach Theater has pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct charges.

Luke Duplessis was released without bail following his arraignment today in Hempstead, N.Y. Dan Russo, a Long Island-based attorney for the 30-year-old Old Town, Maine, resident, disputed allegations that his client jumped, saying he accidentally fell.

Duplessis landed in a seating area about 25 feet below during intermission of an Aug. 18 concert by the jam-band Phish.

He was treated at a hospital for head injuries, but Russo said he is recovering. One spectator below reported a minor injury.

The following day, a fan attending a performance by The Swell Season jumped to his death at a show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif.

1:21 p.m.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A Maine man who was injured after leaping from the upper deck at Long Island's Jones Beach Theater has surrendered to face reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct charges.

Luke Duplessis was awaiting arraignment today in Hempstead, N.Y. It was not immediately clear whether the 30-year-old Old Town, Maine, resident was represented by an attorney.

New York State Park Police say he landed in a seating area about 25 feet below during intermission of an Aug. 18 concert by the jam-band Phish.

Duplessis was treated at Nassau University Medical Center. One spectator below reported a minor injury.

The show continued after the intermission.

The following day, a fan attending a performance by The Swell Season jumped to his death at a show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif.

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