Police Situation Blocks Lanes on 14th Street Bridge

by Katie Pyzyk August 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm 3,801 11 Comments

Two lanes of the inbound 14th Street Bridge are blocked due to a police situation.

A man who had parked mid-span and was sitting on the ledge was taken into police custody just before 4:00 this afternoon. D.C. and Arlington police, along with a police boat, were all said to be on the scene.

D.C. police have jurisdiction over the incident and are reportedly in the process of clearing the scene.

  • Brian

    Thank you MPD and DCPD for keeping us safe.

    Looking at traffic cam, there appears to be a crane from the Potomac reaching onto the bridge too. Any ideas?

    • arlcyclist

      I think what you’re seeing are the sign supports.

    • JohnB

      MPD is Metro Police Department which is different from the Metro Transit Police. There is no DCPD. Maybe ACPD for Arlington County Police Department? Or was is the Arlington County Sheriff and the US Park Police? Or USSS and the Capitol Police? Did the Pentagon Police or Homeland Security Federal Protective Service get involved? Cost Guard? I’m pretty sure the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, SIGTARP, didn’t have a role: http://www.cnbc.com/id/41975030/TARP_Police_Step_Away_From_the_Bailout_Money

  • nom de guerre

    My sources inform me that the ACPD briefly deployed their Gurkha, the armored military-type vehicle that is one of many toys in their stable.


    • WeiQiang

      For the bridge issue?

      • nom de guerre

        The bridge issue was just a ruse to deploy the Gurkha. It traveled from the Trades Center near Shirlington up to Douglas Park and picked Zimmie up at his home and then traveled to DCA to drop him off at Arlington County ONE, which was fueled and ready for a transoceanic flight to Reims, France, one of Arlington’s sister cities. In flight catering and *suitcases* provided by Sam’s.

    • Zelora

      Sounds like an Indian dish, perhaps containing okra.

  • Walsh44

    “D.C. police have jurisdiction over the incident” because the Potomac (& the bridge over its waters) is almost wholly within the District of Columbia. The boundary line is at the shoreline, not down the middle of the river, as is usually the case with riparian boundaries. This little anomaly goes back to King Charles I & his grant to Lord Baltimore in 1632.

  • mimi

    i was there in the traffic….he looked so terrified and suicidal.I hope he can make sense to what he is doing

  • Charles

    I love it when the police punish people who try to kill themselves.

    • SHLady

      “taken into police custody” doesn’t necessarily mean he was arrested. I’m guessing he was turned over to a hospital.


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