ALBANY — A 20-year-old man who threatened to jump from the Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge that spans the Flint River caused lanes for eastbound traffic to be shut down during the morning rush hour Wednesday. Police were successful in convincing the man not to injure himself.
Authorities were called to the scene where they found a young African-American male, subsequently identified by police as Travious Brinson, 20, of Albany, who officials said was threatening to jump from the span into the Flint River below.
Shortly after 8 a.m., he was sitting on the railing about midway across the bridge as a female Albany Police Department officer talked with him. Other officers were nearby and eastbound traffic was diverted at Front Street to the river bridge on Oakridge Drive.
According to the APD, an Albany State University police officer was first on the scene.
ASU officials contacted APD, and officers and a negotiator were called out. The negotiator talked with Brinson and shortly afterwards officers were able to assist him off the bridge rail.
APD officials said he was checked by EMS at the scene and then transported to the Crisis Center at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for further evaluation. No injuries were reported.
The bridge's lane for eastbound traffic were shut down for about 10-15 minutes, while the lanes for westbound motorists were closed for about five minutes.