On Sunday afternoon, as the Cubs perfected a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Miguel Montero rocked a grand slam, Kris Bryant launched an absolutely monstrous 495-foot home run, and a 27-year-old fan named Christopher Hilton ran onto the field. Two of those achievements deserve applause, and one deserves a shake of the head and a wag of the finger; if only Mr. Hilton had downloaded the LauraLaw app from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store, he would have had fair warning that his antics would lead him straight to a cell at Cook County Jail with the very serious possibility of a felony conviction weighing in the balance. Almost 13 months ago to the day, we featured a blog post about the consequences of chugging an Old Style and running out on the field during a game. That day, we were talking about a fan that ran out onto Soldier Field during a Bears preseason game; today we talk about Mr. Hilton running onto the grass at Wrigley Field during a Cubs playoff push (you read that right – “Cubs” and “playoff push” in the same sentence). Mr. Hilton was charged with Criminal Trespass to a Place of Public Amusement – a Class 4 Felony. That is the same charge placed upon the young man that ran onto Soldier Field 13 months ago.
While a fan charging the field may be entertaining to other fans in the stands, it can be a harrowing experience for players on the field and a life-changing experience for the fan on the field. With that said, the combo of sun, Old Style, and peer pressure will sometimes lead to questionable decisions, so if you should find yourself under arrest for the unauthorized running of the bases at Wrigley Field, contact LauraLaw immediately to help you navigate the Cook County legal system. In the meantime, Go Cubs Go!