BASE jumper arrested after chute snags on tree


A BASE jumper who spent five hours suspended from a tree below the Foresthill Bridge was booked into Placer County Jail on misdemeanor charges.

Cal Fire dispatchers took the emergency call at 8:55 p.m. Monday from a friend of the jumper.

Raymond Alexander Arrieta, 26, was dangling from a pine tree about 100 feet above the American River Canyon.

At 731 feet above the American River North Fork, the Foresthill Bridge is the tallest bridge in California, and the fourth tallest in the United States.

Cal Fire used a bulldozer to widen an access road and brought in a PG&E boom truck to rescue Arrieta around 2:15 Thursday morning.

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