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Horseman takes ride on Chicago expressway, tying up traffic

September 22, 2020 GMT
Adam Hollingsworth, the Dreadhead Cowboy, rides his horse down the local lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway with motorcycles and motorists to support Kids Lives Matter, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Todd Panagopoulos/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Adam Hollingsworth, the Dreadhead Cowboy, rides his horse down the local lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway with motorcycles and motorists to support Kids Lives Matter, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Todd Panagopoulos/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who calls himself the ``Dread Head Cowboy” was taken into custody after riding his horse on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway during the height of the Monday evening rush hour.

Adam Hollingsworth was escorted by a phalanx of motorcyclists as he rode his horse on the southbound lanes of the expressway, sometimes at a gallop, for several miles. On a Facebook Live feed while he was riding, Hollingsworth said he wanted everyone to know kids lives matter.

``Until kids’ lives matter, nothing else matters,” he said.

Hollingsworth’s ride resulted in extensive delays on the expressway, with traffic backed up for miles. He was taken into custody by Illinois State Police after he rode up an exit ramp. His horse was taken away in a Chicago Police Mounted Patrol horse trailer.

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Hollingsworth was later charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, criminal trespass to state supported property, according to state police. It wasn’t immediately known if Hollingsworth has obtained legal representation

Hollingsworth has been making appearances in various Chicago neighborhoods to promote participation in the U.S. census. He has also made appearances at protests that occurred in the wake of the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd.

State police and Chicago police representatives met with Hollingsworth on Sept. 9 about a protest he wanted to have on the expressway, officials said. His request was denied, with officials citing its dangers to him and others.