PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A man and woman who got stuck with their pets underneath the Burnside Bridge after climbing a restricted fence Monday night are facing charges.
Twenty-one-year-old Jasighian Marie Baxter and 23-year-old Robert Arland Morehouse are charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass.
At about 8 p.m. Monday, the two, along with their three dogs and one cat, climbed a 10-foot barbed wire chain link fence that surrounds a sewer pump station. Morehouse allegedly lost his balance and fell into the Willamette River after Baxter climbed down a power cord to use a bathroom, Portland police said.
They were spotted by passerbys, who called 911. Portland Fire & Rescue crews pulled Morehouse out using rope harnesses. Baxter was found on a shelf underneath the bridge with her pets. Neither was hurt.
The pets were taken into Multnomah County Animal Control custody. The two were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.