Steel Bridge tightrope walker arrested

Benjamin Lovitz walked the cables 270 feet above the water on his 21st birthday

Benjamin Lovitz was arrested after he tightrope walked across the Steel Bridge in Portland on his 21st birthday, August 2, 2014 (PPB)
Benjamin Lovitz was arrested after he tightrope walked across the Steel Bridge in Portland on his 21st birthday, August 2, 2014 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A tightrope walker was arrested early Saturday morning after walking across the cables on the Steel Bridge about 270 feet above the Willamette River.

Benjamin Lovitz was arrested after he tightrope walked across the Steel Bridge in Portland on his 21st birthday, August 2, 2014 (PPB)
Benjamin Lovitz was arrested after he tightrope walked across the Steel Bridge in Portland on his 21st birthday, August 2, 2014 (PPB)

Benjamin Lovitz walked across the cables of the bridge toward the east tower shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, Portland police said. When he was spotted, the bridge was blocked off and the lift was shut down.

River Patrol deputies saw him on the cables and emergency responders from both police and fire bureaus arrived. A boat was placed under the bridge in case he fell or jumped.

But after about 10 minutes he walked down the east tower stairs and was arrested.

Lovitz, celebrating his 21st birthday, now faces trespass and disorderly conduct charges. He lives in Southwest Portland.

 

Benjamin Lovitz was arrested after he tightrope walked across the Steel Bridge in Portland on his 21st birthday, August 2, 2014 (PPB)
Benjamin Lovitz was arrested after he tightrope walked across the Steel Bridge in Portland on his 21st birthday, August 2, 2014 (PPB)

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