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American Parachutist Drops In on Buckingham Palace

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<i> Associated Press</i>

An American paraglider swooped down onto the roof of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, heckling police along the way.

James Miller, who staged a similar prank at a Las Vegas boxing match last year, was hauled off to jail soon after he landed his propeller-driven parachute. He faced six charges of violating public order and air regulations, police said.

Queen Elizabeth II was not home and missed the spectacle as Miller landed on her roof, stripped off his pants and revealed that he was painted green from the waist down. Police said he ran toward a flagpole above the palace entrance and taunted them.

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He was unarmed, and no member of the Royal Family was in danger, Scotland Yard said.

Police spotted Miller as he flew along the River Thames and then down The Mall, the broad, tree-lined avenue between Trafalgar Square and the palace.

Miller, 30, interrupted the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe heavyweight title bout in Las Vegas on Nov. 6 by floating into the open-air arena on a paraglider. He was charged with a misdemeanor.

Last month, Miller, who calls himself “the fan man,” buzzed the Los Angeles Coliseum during a game between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos.


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