‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ ordered into custody after new arrest

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The man known as the “Dreadhead Cowboy” was released from custody on an ankle monitor early Friday after a brief stay in Cook County Jail on a judge’s finding that a new arrest violated the terms of release in his animal-cruelty case, authorities said.

Adam Hollingsworth, 34, turned himself in Thursday after Judge Michael McHale ordered him held in lieu of $40,000 bond on the violation. McHale ordered him held on home confinement if he posted the money, which he paid later Thursday, records show.

Hollingsworth was arrested May 27 after he and several others disrupted traffic on the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to state police. He was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct in the incident.

He posted on Instagram after Thursday’s court hearing that he was on the expressway last week “supporting good people for (their) protest,” and asked for help coming up with bail money.

As the Dreadhead Cowboy, Hollingsworth became a familiar sight at neighborhood events and protests last summer, and his unusual story drew national attention.

But the feel-good story came to an abrupt end in September, when he was charged with felony animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating the horse in a 7.5-mile gallop, also on the Dan Ryan, during a protest. The journey allegedly ended with the animal severely injured and near death.

mcrepeau@chicagotribune.com

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