Nebraska woman arrested, fined for climbing Mount Rushmore

RAPID CITY, South Dakota (AP) – A Nebraska woman has been fined USD1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

Authorities said Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture last Friday with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 4.5 metres from the top.

The Rapid City Journal said Incontro chose a route between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, whose faces are about 18 metres tall. Several signs at the popular tourist destination warn against trespassing on or climbing the sculpture, which was completed in 1941.

A federal officer and national park ranger convinced Incontro to come down, and she was handcuffed and arrested.

Incontro, from Omaha, appeared on Monday in Rapid City federal court, where she pleaded guilty to climbing the monument. Three other charges were dropped.

The Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota. – AP