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Corvallis Man Climbs Bridge

Van Buren BridgeCORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis man had to be rescued from the top of a bridge Thursday morning after police say he climbed it for fun.

Police say 22-year-old Cody Derrick climbed to the top of the Van Buren Street Bridge over the Willamette River at about 3:30 a.m.

Police say he was drinking and he wasn’t trying to jump – it was just for fun.

Traffic had to be re-directed for about 20 minutes while the fire department helped Derrick down.

“There are a couple issues with this,” said Captain Dave Henslee with the Corvallis Police Department. “First of all, the alarm that it places on the community. When people see that, they don’t know that this is for fun. They think that somebody is attempting to commit suicide or trying to harm themselves.”

Capt. Henslee says it is illegal for anyone to climb a bridge or building that would cause alarm for the community.

“The alarm that it places on the community is disorderly conduct,” he said. “That is a crime. Also there’s a substantial inconvenience that it places on the community because traffic has to be re-routed.”

Capt. Henslee also says even if the bridge does not seem high from the sidewalk, there is huge risk involved in climbing it.

“Someone could easily slip and fall and really hurt themselves,” he said.

Derrick was cited for disorderly conduct in the second degree.

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