LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man who was arrested after he climbed atop a freeway sign to hang banners over the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, snarling traffic during today's morning commute, is an aspiring rapper who was staging a publicity stunt, the suspect's producer said. Officers responded just after 8 a.m. to reports of someone hanging a banner over the 110 Freeway north of Second Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded, placed giant air bags below the sign as a precaution and extended ladders to the sign. Officers scaled the sign and made contact with the man, identified as 29-year-old Alexander Dunn, who hung banners that read ``fight pollution not each other,'' ``give a hoot, don't pollute,'' and -- written in graffiti type --``Dephre,'' which, his producer told the Los Angeles Times, referred to Dunn's stage name of Dephree. Dunn recorded himself while on the sign.
His running commentary included chants of ``fight pollution not each other'' and a statement that ``big oil has bought our government.''At about 10 a.m., Dunn, who was wearing only shorts, back-flipped onto an air bag and was immediately taken into custody. He was booked on suspicion of delaying a peace officer, trespassing on state property and failure to obey a regulatory sign that stated ``pedestrians prohibited,'' according to the CHP.
The CHP closed the southbound 110 Freeway between the Hollywood (101) Freeway and the Third Street on-ramp as well as the transition road from the southbound 101 to the southbound 110 to limit traffic from entering the area. The stunt played havoc with commuters during the morning rush hour, causing extensive backups. Dunn's producer King Graint, who posted to his Twitter account a video clip that Dunn shot of himself while he was on the sign, told The Times that the video would be released tonight as part of a music video.