Man Who Scaled Cliff To Propose To Girlfriend, Arrested For Drugs

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A romance thats off to a rocky start.  Authorities say a California man climbed Morro Rock to propose to his girlfriend, but emergency crews had to rescue him, and then he was later arrested for drug charges. Morro Rock is a 600 foot rock located in Morro Bay in Central California.

Authorities say he climbed up Morro Rock, but then he got stuck while trying to climb down. He was rescued Thursday, April 7, 2016, by Morro Bay firefighters with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter. He told authorities he climbed the rock to propose to his girlfriend via Facetime, officials say.

“It was a pretty amazing rescue on the part of the Fire Department,” Morro Bay State Park ranger Dale Kinney said. He says the helicopter had to fly close to the Rock to get a harness on the man. The man was safely returned to land after 9:30 a.m., with only a few scrapes and a misdemeanor citation for trespassing.

However, he was arrested later on that same day on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs. Authorities say they got several reports that he was behaving erratically on the beach.

San Luis Obisbo Sheriff jail records show that 27-year-old Michael John Paul Banks of Fresno was booked on misdemeanor drug use and possession charges on Thursday. He was released on $10,000 bond, records show.

They City of Morro Bay shared a video of the Morro Rock rescue. The gentleman will be billed for the chopper ride and other related costs, the city says. “Climbing Morro Rock is illegal and dangerous. We hope folks will choose to view it from below, saving themselves and our fire responders time and money and protecting everyone’s safety,” the city wrote on its Facebook page.

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