‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ faces 3 charges after horseback ride on Chicago expressway during rush hour traffic


CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Rush hour traffic looked a lot different in Chicago Monday, as a Chicago man known as the “Dreadhead Cowboy” rode his horse down the Dan Ryan Expressway with a motorcycle escort.

Adams Hollingsworth better known as the “Dreadhead Cowboy” was spotted on horseback just after 4:30 p.m. on the south side of the busy expressway as NewsNation affiliate WGN’s helicopter captured him in action.

Traffic began to back up as Hollingsworth, 33, took over a highway lane as motorists slowed to watch. He rode for about 30 minutes before Illinois State Police took him into custody at the 95th street exit. He was charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and criminal trespass.

State police said another man, Darron Luster, 55, attempted to gain control of the horse after Hollingsworth was arrested. Luster was charged with obstructing and resisting arrest.

Police tended to his horse and Chicago Animal Control took the animal to their facility for evaluation.

Hollingsworth’s live streamed his ride on his Facebook page.

Earlier this summer, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dubbed Hollingsworth “The Census Cowboy” in an effort to bring awareness around filling out the census.

Hollingsworth rode Monday with the goal of turning more attention to the recent slayings of so many children this past summer.

“The thing is to send a message that our children are dying,” activist Mark Carter said. “That there are no resources coming to our communities.”

They’re calling for the mayor and governor to fund mental health, education and social programs and development in neighborhoods they said have been neglected.

“When it comes to everything, we get the bottom of the barrel of everything,” Carter said. “It’s not gon’ happen no more. It’s time for things to change.”

NewsNation affiliate WGN contributed to this report.

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