Maryland state troopers save attempted Chesapeake City Bridge jumper

Maryland state troopers save attempted Chesapeake City Bridge jumpers

NORTH EAST, Md. -- WBFF -- Police say that troopers were able to talk a man out of jumping off of the Chesapeake City Bridge, on Sunday.


According to Maryland State Police, troopers from the North East Barrack responded to the Chesapeake City Bridge on MD 213/Augustine Herman Highway in Elkton, just before 5:00 p.m. They responded because a man parked his vehicle on the crest of the bridge in the middle of the roadway.

After parking, the man reportedly walked to the edge of the railing of the bridge and stopped. Upon troopers arrival, the man refused to speak with anyone and said that if he saw another officer approach him, then he would jump. The Chesapeake City Bridge, both northbound and southbound directions, were closed.

The United States Coast Guard, Cecil County Fire Department and the Cecil County Sheriff's Office surrounded the area. Troopers on the scene tried to talk the man away from the edge. Other units continued to surround the area while waiting for negotiators. While holding the scene, the man reportedly tried to move his body over the bridge's ledge.

Senior Trooper Proctor and Trooper First Class York talked the man back from the ledge and took him into custody. The man was then transported to Union Hospital for an emergency petition. The bridge was re-opened shortly after 6:00 p.m.

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