Police Arrest Man After Performing Parkour at an Active Overpass

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Investigators of North Jakarta’s Pademangan police district announced that it had briefly detained Marhein Espansa who had performed parkour or freerunning at the Kemayoran Artery flyover. Local police argue that it was justified as he had posed danger for himself and other road users. 

    Parkour, also known as freerunning, is an activity or sport that involves negotiating terrain using only the natural strength of one's body, principally through running, jumping and climbing surrounding features.

    However, the Pademangan Police Chief said Comm. Arga said Marhein Espansa was only detained briefly. 

    “He was only detained for a brief moment for clarification. It didn’t last a whole day,” said Arga to Tempo on Thursday. 

    According to the Police Chief, the arrest of the freerunner was conducted last week as Marhein’s video had already gone viral three weeks prior. Police did not detain the freerunner but only made him sign a signed agreement pledging him to not repeat the same act in the future. 

    “There were no sanctions imposed. Only an agreement that he would not repeat the same act [parkour] in public facilities,” said the Pademangan Police Chief. 

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