Comedian faces $5,000 fine and jail time after stalling at Yellowstone and other sites

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A comedian faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine after breaking national park rules in several states while performing an online stunt.

Jake Adams, 29, wanted to visit 50 states in 30 days, filming himself hitting a golf ball in each and posting clips of him on Instagram, hoping to attract attention for his comedic material.

He hit his first ball face to the Hollywood sign in California and drove his last into the sea off Hawaii, often choosing dramatic or familiar settings for his swings.

The videos went viral and caught the attention of not only other golf enthusiasts, but also the National Park Service, which investigated Adams.

Adams is suspected of violating rules set to preserve the parks. Causing damage to National Parks Service property is prohibited and vandalism of national parks is a federal offense.

Adams hit a ball in the water in front of the Chicago skyline

In Colorado he stood on a snowboard to take his chance

The Massachusetts native wanted to visit 50 states in 30 days, filming himself hitting a golf ball in each and posting clips of him on Instagram, hoping to attract attention for his comedic material.

29-year-old comedian Jake Adams faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for violating the rules of the national parks in a number of states while performing an online stunt

29-year-old comedian Jake Adams faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for violating the rules of the national parks in a number of states while performing an online stunt

On day 25 of his trip, he entered Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and hit three golf balls

The Massachusetts native told The Wall Street Journal that he used a “golf mat” to avoid leaving a dimple in the park.

But negative comments started pouring in as Adams neared the end of his Alaska tour, before finishing in Hawaii.

Instagram users were outraged that the comedian had left a protected park area, leaving comments that read: “Hope you rot in jail.”

The videos of Adams' trip went viral, attracting the attention not only of fellow golf enthusiasts, but also the National Park Service, which was investigating Adams for possible damage to the protected sites.

The videos of Adams’ trip went viral, attracting the attention not only of fellow golf enthusiasts, but also the National Park Service, which was investigating Adams for possible damage to the protected sites.

Adams has apologized and maintained that he believed he had taken all necessary steps to avoid harm, such as using biodegradable balls

Adams has apologized and maintained that he believed he had taken all necessary steps to avoid harm, such as using biodegradable balls

Adams hits a ball at West Virginia University's soccer stadium in Morgantown

Adams and a friend ride a ball into the Hudson River

Adams is suspected of violating rules set to preserve the parks. Causing damage to National Parks Service property is prohibited and vandalism of national parks is a federal offense

On April 30, the last day of Adams’ trip, Yellowstone released a statement about his video.

“The person who was recently videotaped hitting golf balls in Yellowstone National Park showed a lack of judgment and common sense. He violated rules intended to preserve Yellowstone and protect the experience of other visitors. The National Park Service is investigating this illegal act.”

Four days later, his phone rang with a number from Wyoming and he was informed that a case had been opened against him and that he could face up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Adams apologized and insisted he thought he had taken all necessary steps to avoid harm.

On day 25 of his trip, he entered Yellowstone National Park (pictured) in Wyoming and hit three golf balls.  He told The Wall Street Journal that he used a 'golf mat' to avoid leaving a dimple in the park [Stock image]

On day 25 of his trip, he entered Yellowstone National Park (pictured) in Wyoming and hit three golf balls. He told The Wall Street Journal that he used a ‘golf mat’ to avoid leaving a dimple in the park [Stock image]

On April 30, the last day of Adams' trip, Yellowstone released a statement regarding his video

On April 30, the last day of Adams’ trip, Yellowstone released a statement regarding his video “The person who was recently caught on video hitting golf balls in Yellowstone National Park showed a lack of judgment and common sense.” He violated rules intended to preserve Yellowstone and protect the experience of other visitors. The National Park Service is investigating this illegal act’ [Stock photo]

“I didn’t mean to make a mess at all,” Adams said WBZ-TV. ‘These balls are biodegraded in a few days. So I thought I was taking the proper precautions.

‘But I have not investigated the extent of foreign matter in our national parks. It doesn’t matter that it biodegrades, because it’s different from their natural ecosystem.’

He posted a video on his Instagram and deleted the clip of him at Yellowstone. “It was never my intention to tamper with our environment during my journey. Going forward, I am fully committed to taking the proper precautions to protect our Earth and leave her in a better place than before,” he wrote alongside the apology video.

He also hired a lawyer for $2,500 who told the Wall Street Journal, “This turned out to be the most expensive golf outing ever.”

He told WBZ-TV that he now wants to ‘do everything possible to use my platform to push the message to do things the right way in our national parks and really respect that country, and never hit a golf ball there’ .

Adams is now planning another trip to Europe, where he hopes to hit a ball in every country in 30 days. This time he will pick them all up after that, he said.

Golf enthusiast hit a ball outside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia during the Masters

Adams in Delaware

Adams has said he hopes others will not try to copy his turn in national parks and said he was “completely committed to taking the proper precautions to protect our earth and leave it in a better place than before.”

Adams is now planning another trip to Europe, where he hopes to hit a ball in every country in 30 days.  This time he will pick them all up after that, he said:

Adams is now planning another trip to Europe, where he hopes to hit a ball in every country in 30 days. This time he will pick them all up after that, he said:

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