Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg wraps up the fan who ran onto the field. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
UPDATED WITH DETAILS OF CHAN'S ARREST
Two men were sentenced last week for jumping onto the field in Oriole Park in separate incidents, though only one is likely to have a conviction on his record a year from now.
Peter Chan, identified in court records as a 23-year-old from Towson, was found guilty of trespassing Friday in Baltimore’s district court. He was given a 90-day suspended jail sentenced and ordered to pay a $500 fine and serve 80 hours of community service, the city prosecutor’s office said. He is also banned from Camden Yards for life.
Meanwhile, Zachary Gregoricus, a 19-year-old college student from Massachusetts, was four days earlier granted probation before judgment for similar trespassing, which means he won’t have a guilty finding on his record if he stays out of trouble for the next year. He was also order to pay a $500 fine and perform 80 hours community service, but he’s ban-free, prosecutors said.
“We would have preferred a guilty verdict, but we certainly respect the judge’s decision on that,” said Mark Cheshire, spokesman for the Baltimore state’s attorneys office.
Both men received one-year, unsupervised probation terms, and the other charges against them, including disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, were dropped.
It’s unclear what made the difference in the cases. Online court records show no criminal history for either man in Maryland. And Cheshire, who didn’t know the details of Chan’s arrest, said his office asked for the same outcomes for each: guilty findings, the fine and the community service.
A call to Chan’s public defender was not immediately returned Tuesday, and Chan could not be reached. Police records claim Chan climbed over a ballpark wall during the top of the sixth inning on April 11 and took off running across the field as officers gave chase. Chan tried to climb back into the seating section, and “had to be pulled from the wall,” records show.
"The defendant's actions caused a modest delay," records claim.
Gregoricus’ field run and slide into second base — during the 12th inning of a game against the Yankees on April 10 — made headlines, unlike Chan’s field storming. It earned him a chewing out by Orioles' centerfielder Adam Jones and contributed to the baseball team's decision to hire private security for the games.
During the season opener April 6, a 26-year-old Severn man ran onto the field wearing Batman underwear and a cape. He wasn’t charged for his antics, though Cheshire has previously said that was a “misstep.”