Two men arrested for base jumping off Lexington building

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It wasn't a bird and it wasn't a plane—instead, what some folks in downtown Lexington saw falling from the sky late Sunday night were two men used parachutes to base jumping off a high-rise building!

Around 3 a.m. Sunday night, Lexington police arrested two men just moments after police say they base jumped off a building in downtown Lexington.

“Sunday night I was finishing up working downtown with my food truck and I look up in the air and I see two guys jumping off the top of the First National Building. They were basically base jumping into Centre Point,” said Jason Cullen, who witnessed the entire incident.

The fifteen story drop over West Main Street apparently didn't intimidate 31-year-old Joshua McCluskey or 32-year-old David Kaiser, but what was waiting for the base jumpers once they got to the ground may have been the truest intimidating factor of their late-night jump.

“I thought they were going to get away with it but the police were on top of it because I guess they got a tip. Police were doing their job,” Cullen told us.

Just moments after McCluskey and Kaiser landed, the parachutes were taken off and handcuffs were put on.

“The first jumper got down first and the second guy was delayed a little bit and I think they already had the first guy in custody by the time he landed.”

Police say the two men were arrested because they allegedly trespassed when they climbed up the building's fire escape in order to reach the roof.

Both are now charged with criminal trespassing-- leaving many to wonder if the 45 second jump was worth spending the night behind bars. But either way, witnesses say they won't be forgetting this unusual incident anytime soon.

“I’ve been working downtown on the weekends for a couple years and this is by far one of the craziest things I’ve seen. Without a doubt this will go down in the history books.”

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