Trespasser on Steel Bridge Causes Closure, Subject Transported to Hospital (Photo)

July 14, 2019 12:50


On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 8:30 A.M., North Precinct officers were dispatched to the Steel Bridge, where a trespasser was seen in the bridge tender shed above the upper-level roadway (photos). The adult female was throwing objects, including cans of oil, onto the pavement below. Due to indicators that the subject was suffering from a mental health condition, Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) Officers responded and began communicating with her. The subject was uncooperative and refused to come out.

Officers requested assistance from the Portland Fire Bureau, Multnomah County River Patrol, and Central Precinct officers. Due to the danger that someone could be hit by one of the thrown objects, the bridge was closed to all traffic and pedestrians.

Officers spoke with her for over two hours, finally convincing her to come out voluntarily. She was taken into custody, lowered down the stairs on a rescue gurney, and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was injured.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis please visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Urgent Walk-In Clinic. The clinic is located at 4212 SE Division and is open from 7am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week. Services are free and available to individuals of all ages.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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