North Dakota man allegedly climbed the Roebling Bridge while drunk

A North Dakota man is accused of climbing the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and forcing police officers to climb after him, court documents show.

According to a complaint, Covington police were called to a possibly suicidal man on the bridge on Tuesday evening. They found 23-year-old Landen Brocato on the top pillar of the bridge – about 100 feet above the Ohio River.

According to police, Brocato bypassed a locked gate with a clearly visible “No Trespassing” sign.

First responders attempted to negotiate with him before climbing the steps to the top of the column, the indictment says, and officers also risked their lives climbing over a 5-foot-high wall on the column to get to Brocato.

According to the police report, Brocato yelled at officers and waved a beer can, demanding that authorities “take him to the ground.”

A video posted on YouTube, timestamped at 11:41 p.m. Tuesday, shows a man standing at the base of one of the bridge's decorative towers before jumping into a lower area.

A Tuesday night post by a certain Landen Brocato on X – formerly Twitter – includes a photo of a man's legs hanging from the top of the bridge, with the downtown Cincinnati skyline in the background.

“Ahhhhh, how I missed this WONDERFUL city…” the post says.

Brocato is charged in Kenton County District Court with public intoxication, menacing, trespassing and reckless endangerment. Jail records show he is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center on $2,500 bail.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Judge Douglas Grothaus on June 4.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Man allegedly climbed Roebling Bridge in Cincinnati while drunk

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