Pond skimmer who jumped into crowd at Copper pleads guilty to reckless endangerment | SteamboatToday.com

Pond skimmer who jumped into crowd at Copper pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

Hayden Wright, of Anchorage, Alaska, skis into the crowd in the pond skimming competition April 14 at Copper Mountain. (

FRISCO — The skier accused of trying to jump the crowd at Copper Mountain’s annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event April 14 pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month.

Hayden Patrick Wright, 27, flew off the pond-skim course and into the crowd, breaking a woman’s collarbone and injuring several other spectators.

While it remains unclear whether Wright tried to jump the crowd on purpose, his behavior was reckless enough to spur charges from the District Attorney’s Office. Witnesses said Wright announced his intentions while holding a drink earlier that morning, but a woman, who was described as his girlfriend in court documents, said he was joking and launched into the crowd by accident.

Wright pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge and no contest to a misdemeanor third-degree assault charge to which he received a two-year deferred judgment and sentence, according to court documents.

In addition to upwards of $1,000 in court fees, Wright’s judgment also includes 120 hours of useful public service, 10 days in jail by the end of the year and prohibitions from alcohol and non-prescribed drugs. His deferred judgment and sentence will end in August 2020, though only the first year will be supervised.

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