After severely disrupting Los Angeles rush hour site visitors with a 2018 exposure stunt, an aspiring rapper and musician gave the impression on A&E’s My Atypical Arrest to talk about what was once going via his thoughts all through the odd incident.
Alexander Dunn — who is going through the level identify Dephree — mentioned all through an interview at the display that he was once dwelling and making track in L.A. as a 29-year-old again in 2018, however suffering as a result of he “couldn’t get any traction within the rap sport.”
However then he and a pal were given an concept whilst riding down the 405 highway: Dunn would climb up onto one of the most massive highway indicators so he may make his mark and get spotted. And certain sufficient, early one morning he nervously arrived at an indication at the 110 highway close to downtown L.A. with a ladder at the back of his truck.
Dressed in not anything however his undies, the Indiana local climbed up the signal armed with a bullhorn and two home made indicators. One had “Dephree” painted on it and the opposite had the phrases, “battle air pollution no longer each and every different,” which could also be one of the most issues that he was once pronouncing into the bullhorn. Dunn is a self-described environmental recommend.
Emergency crews arrived and briefly arrange massive inflatable cushions underneath the signal. Dunn mentioned they even introduced out a hostage negotiator to speak to him from the bottom. In a clip performed at the display Dunn will also be heard Dunn replying again with, “I really like you guy, and I really like cops.”
As police climbed up and closed in on him, Dunn climbed even upper.
“At this level, like, the entire nerves are long gone. I’m similar to, I’m one with the highway signal and I’m right here to make my stand,” he mentioned.
Dunn ultimately instructed police that he would best come down voluntarily in the event that they let him do a backflip onto the inflatable cushion. They attempted to close the theory down, however in the long run Dunn did it anyway.
As soon as at the flooring, Dunn was once hauled away in handcuffs and on a stretcher, finishing up in prison nonetheless dressed in simply his undies. The incident brought about a big site visitors jam for just about two hours, and later on, Los Angeles Town Lawyer Mike Feuer promised in a remark that Dunn can be held “in charge of his reckless, egocentric movements.
Dunn was once formally charged with resisting arrest, keeping up or committing a public nuisance, two counts of trespassing, failure to agree to a lawful order and failure to obey an indication or sign through a pedestrian.
He pled no contest to keeping up or committing a public nuisance, one depend of trespassing and failure to agree to a lawful order whilst the opposite fees had been dropped. He was once sentenced to 90 days within the L.A. county prison, 36 months of probation, 8 days of neighborhood carrier and ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution and fines.
Dunn was once launched after 3 days because of overcrowding and ultimately relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla., the place he’s nonetheless part of the hip-hop neighborhood. And whilst the exposure stunt would possibly not have introduced the entire reputation and fortune he was once hoping for, a minimum of Dunn can all the time say he negotiated and carried out a backflip off an L.A. highway signal.
“It was once a sexy excellent backflip, I give it like, an 8. I virtually neglected the pad, I hit like, the nook of the pad,” Dunn mentioned. “But it surely was once like falling on pillows, guy.”
My Atypical Arrest airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on A&E.