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'Dread Head Cowboy' facing charges after riding horse down Chicago highway

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 22:26:00-04

CHICAGO — A man who has become known as the Dread Head Cowboy is facing charges after he rode his horse down a highway amid rush hour traffic in Chicago Monday.

He was spotted riding his horse on the Dan Ryan Expressway, with a motorcycle escort accompanying him.

During a Facebook Live he filmed while riding on the highway, the man could be heard saying "kids lives matter. Until kids lives matter, nothing else matters."

Traffic delays occurred as a result of the incident, but the rider eventually exited the highway and was taken into custody by Illinois State police.

The man had also been dubbed the 'Census Cowboy' by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as part of a promotional push to encourage city residents to fill out census forms.

NBC Chicago reports the man, identified as Adam Hollingsworth, is facing charges of reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, and criminal trespass to state-supported property in connection to the incident.

After he was arrested, the horse was placed into the care of Animal Care and Control. Troopers reported several injuries to the horse, including injuries to its front hooves, according to the news outlet.

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