Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek will pay a $500 fine for drinking atop Mount Katahdin after his record-breaking Appalachian Trail run as part of a plea bargain in which two other citations were dismissed.
District Court Judge Kevin Stitham approved the plea deal during a hearing Wednesday in Millinocket District Court.
Jurek was accused of bringing alcohol, littering and bringing an oversized group to the summit, all violations of park rules. Considered civil violations under Maine law, each offense carries a fine of up to $1,000. Jurek admitted to drinking from a bottle of champagne atop the mountain as part of the deal.
Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said that the guilty plea came with a fine about $300 greater than a public drinking summons would typically carry under state law in acknowledgement of the “totality of the circumstances” surrounding the July 12 incident.
The circumstances included Jurek’s acknowledging park rules with park officials before breaking them, Almy said.
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