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Police stop suspect from jumping off bridge, arrest him

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Robert Charles HarveyPolice grabbed and arrested a suspected hit and run driver threatening to jump off the Morrison Bridge early Sunday.

Robert Charles Harvey, 24, is charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), six counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), reckless driving, reckless endangerment, five counts of criminal mischief in the second degree, and assault in the fourth degree.

No one was injured in the incident, including a pedestrian hit by Harvey.

According to police, at 12:42 a.m. on Jan.4, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a hit and run accident at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street.

As the officers were responding, they learned that the suspect vehicle crashed at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Washington Street after hitting multiple vehicles and a pedestrian. Witnesses reported to police that the suspect, later identified as Harvey, ran from the vehicle after removing most of his clothing.

Officers spotted Harvey running eastbound onto the Morrison Bridge. As officers approached the him, he climbed over the bridge railing at mid-span, and threatened to jump.

Officers grabbed Harvey and held him as he dangled over the river until additional officers arrived. They were able to safely pull him over the rail and take him into custody.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and determined Harvey did not have any serious injuries. Neither did the pedestrian Harvey hit.

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