Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ala. man charged, fined for jumping from bridge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A central Alabama man has been ordered to pay a $1,400 fine for jumping from a bridge and prompting a search that involved multiple law enforcement agencies.

The Tuscaloosa News ( ) reported Friday that 24-year-old Justin Jay Rich has been ordered to pay the city for costs associated with the search and $150 in additional court costs. Rich will also be on probation for two years.

Authorities searched the river and riverbanks from a helicopter in October, believing someone attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the Black Warrior Parkway Bridge. A video later surfaced on YouTube of Rich making the 110-foot jump.

Rich pleaded guilty to obstructing government operations, and the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's office requested that a charge of disorderly conduct be dropped against him.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News,