Victoria BC – People who use the Johnson Street bridge are urged to follow the warning signals after a man was located hanging onto the bridge as it was being raised.
On Friday, July 19th, shortly before 8:00 p.m., Patrol officers were called to the Johnson Street bridge after a man was seen on the bridge as it was being lifted for a passing barge. By the time officers attended, the bridge was fully up and the man was seen hanging onto a railing bracing himself with his legs. The bridge was lowered and police were able to take the man into custody. The man, who was intoxicated, was taken home by officers. He was not injured.
It was determined that the man bypassed the bridge safety systems and went onto the bridge after the lift sequence began. Officers are urging people to follow the warnings/signage at the bridge and not to attempt to cross the bridge after any yellow warning light is present.
Officers will not be forwarding charges in relation to this incident.