The San Diego City Attorney’s Office has slapped “Jackass” prankster Steve-O with a $239 traffic citation for a prank aimed at SeaWorld In May.
Stephen Gilchrist Glover — a.k.a. Steve-O — chronicled the shenanigans in a YouTube video published in August. In it, he is shown trying to scale a rope and then a ladder to reach the exit sign along southbound Interstate 5 in San Diego.
Over the word “Drive,” he taped up a “SUCKS” banners so the sign said “Sea World SUCKS” for a time.
In the clip, the animal rights activist explained he did it to put “my foot down for Shamu” and asked others to share the video.
Caltrans says when they ripped off the tape, it pulled off the reflective material on the sign. For that reason, the California Highway Patrol originally submitted charges of vandalism and trespassing against Steve-O.
The TV personality responded in an Instagram post, writing "The California Highway Patrol has requested that the District Attorney file charges against me for helping out this sign. Bring on the publicity, because #SeaWorldSucks #yeahdude #freesteveo."
Instead, on Monday, the city attorney settled on a traffic citation that is comparable to a stop-sign or speeding ticket.
“It is an infraction because distractions such as this can cause accidents, just like running a stop sign,” said Gerry Braun, director of communications for the city attorney’s office. “It was not a smart thing to do to place drivers and their passengers in harm’s way. Had anyone been injured, it is likely Mr. Glover would have faced a felony or misdemeanor depending on the seriousness of the injury.”
Steve-O is set to be arraigned in traffic court on Dec. 22 and can settle by paying a $239 fine.
But whether the fine was $239 or $2,390, it won’t come out of his pocketbook.
PETA has vowed to pay any fines incurred by the prank, which the organization calls “spot on.” Steve-O has taken part in PETA campaigns in the past.