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Infamous Brooklyn Bridge Selfie Tourist Arrested

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 19, 2015

Infamous Brooklyn Bridge Selfie Tourist Arrested

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A tourist being sought by police for taking a selfie on a cable atop New York's Brooklyn Bridge earlier this summer was arrested Sunday, WRCB TV reported.

Twenty-one-year-old Tennessee native David Karnauch, who was wanted for second degree reckless endangerment stemming from the illegal photo op, was taken into custody in Chattanooga and is being held as a "fugitive from New York."

The NYPD put out a warrant for Karnauch's arrest last month. 

Once the photo became public, the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller was quick to distinguish the tourist from other potential threats, calling Karnauch a "knucklehead," per the Gothamist

Here's a look at the photo that landed Karnauch in hot water courtesy of WRCB TV:

Miller described the incident to the Gothamist: "He walked across a very safe crossover that has railings, and he got there and he looked up and he saw there was a fence, we have enhanced, working with the Department of Transportation so that it is now very difficult to climb around it, in case you want to change the flags or something on top, and he looked at that and he said, 'Damn. I'm not getting around that. So I'll take my selfie stick and take this stupid picture and I'll put it on my website,' but that's as far as he got."

"This guy's a knucklehead, who wanted to take a selfie, that was self-aggrandizing," Miller told the Gothamist. 

Miller noted that if a couple more minutes had passed Karnauch would likely have been arrested by "roving patrols on the bridge."

It remains to be seen what punishment Karnauch could or will face. But whatever it is, it could potentially be compounded by additional photos recently uncovered by WRCB TV, including one atop Chattanooga's Market Street Bridge and another near the top of a crane with the city skyline in the background.

"As far as the bridges used for outdoor activity they are meant to ride your bike, or walk across, or drive your car. They are not meant for climbing, rappelling or any of those type of activities," Outdoor Chattanooga executive director Philip Grymes told WRCB TV.

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