SAINT IGNACE, MI – Michigan State Police are investigating a case of felony trespassing on the Mackinac Bridge, discovered after photos of the incident were posted on social media.
“This is not a harmless stunt; it’s inexcusably reckless,” said MBA Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. “This individual risked not only his own life but also the lives of those crossing the bridge beneath him, and would have threatened the safety of emergency personnel and Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) staff had a rescue been needed.”
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Paul C. Ajegba, a member of the MBA, underscored the need for a thorough examination of security protocols.
“It is very troubling that someone would put their own life at risk not to mention that of others just for photos and thrills on our state’s signature bridge,” Ajegba said. “While the Michigan State Police continue their investigation, I have also asked the MDOT employees at the bridge to conduct a thorough review and implement measures to prevent future incursions.”
Michigan State Police (MSP) D/Sgt. Gary Demers at the St. Ignace Post said the person responsible could be facing felony charges of trespassing at a key transportation facility, section 750.552c of the Michigan Penal Code.
“This matter is being investigated by MSP,” said Demers. “We will use all of our resources to identify and prosecute this individual.”
After MBA staff became aware of photos posted on social media, apparently shot from the top of one of the bridge towers, they reviewed an incident where an alarm was activated on the bridge early one morning in early November. Though staff investigated the alarm, they could not immediately determine how it was activated. When another alarm was activated several hours later, they observed someone leaving the bridge. Local police were called to investigate but the person could not be located.
[Even though proper reference was made to the photos that were posted to social media, we have removed them from this article after receiving a message referencing copyright infringement. The link in that message along with the email address that they provided do not work, we are assuming that those are the photos that they were referencing.
Our message to that person: You are being sought after by police for illegally climbing the Mackinac Bridge. So your photos are illegal because they were created by you by breaking laws to obtain them. And in knowing how Michigan State Police conduct their operations, I would be more concerned about what charges and how many of them that I will be facing for pulling off such a stunt. This is not the first bridge that you have scaled to take such photography. One that I can think of that was prior to this was the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.
And if you are going to make such threats of copyright infringement and expect that actions that you are demanding be done immediately but provide an email address and a link that go nowhere, then you are not being very professional but questionable at best.]