A fan who jumped from the Yankee Stadium upper deck to the netting behind home plate was released from a hospital yesterday and appeared in court to face criminal charges.

NEW YORK — A fan who jumped from the Yankee Stadium upper deck to the netting behind home plate was released from a hospital yesterday and appeared in court to face criminal charges.


Eighteen-year-old Scott Harper plummeted about 40 feet onto the large screen during the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game between New York and the Chicago White Sox. After the final out, he was carried on a stretcher from the ballpark to Lincoln Medical Center, his head immobilized in a neck brace.


Harper, of Armonk, N.Y., was released into police custody and arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and other violations.


Harper did not enter a plea and faces up to a year in jail.


Harper had told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight — and then he jumped, police said.


“The next thing you know, you don’t see him anymore. You saw him on the net,” said Mike Spadafino, Harper’s friend.