Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland baseball streaker McClearn could face jail over pitch invasion

A Northern Ireland man living in Vancouver who made a naked cameo during a baseball game in Seattle on Saturday could face jail time over the incident.

David McClearn, who is understood to originally be from Co Down, ran onto Safeco field during a match between Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners.

He has been charged with criminal trespassing and is due to appear in court on Wednesday, although has been out on bail since posting bail at the weekend.

CBC, the Canadian state broadcaster, has reported the charge from the Seattle City Attorney Office is a gross misdemeanour and as such he could face up to 364 days in prison or a $5,000 fine - although it was stressed it is unlikely he will receive the full charge.

It is reported he decided to make his dash onto the field during the game's ninth inning after making an $80 bet with his friends.

He was tackled to the ground and removed by four officials.

Tweeting after the incident, broadcaster with US-based network Sportsnet Hazel Mae said the streaker was still being held by police and may not be making his way back to his adopted town of Vancouver - with deportation back to Ireland a possibility.

Contacted by the Belfast Telegraph, a spokeswoman for the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs said: "The Department stands ready to provide consular assistance, if requested."

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