Australian parachutes off Rio hotel

01:52, May 30 2012
Copacabana beach
HER NAME WAS LOLA: Rio's ever popular Copacabana beach.

An Australian man is in trouble with Brazilian authorities after taking a flying leap off a hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

The 41-year-old jumped from the roof of the 39-storey building and swayed to the white sands of Copacabana beach using a parachute.

Police inspector Marcio Mendonca said he'd never seen anything like Mark Nicholas Johnson's stunt.

"So many tourists stay in Copacabana, I've seen about everything," says Mendonca. "But I've never seen anybody jump off a building."

The inspector said Johnson could face up to two years behind bars for charges of endangering the public and also of "invading" the hotel under false pretences by pretending to be a guest.

He was arrested after the jump, but released shortly afterward.

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AP