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Bridge Jumper Charged

A central Alabama man has been ordered to pay a $1,400 fine for jumping from a bridge and prompting a search that involved multiple law enforcement agencies.

The Tuscaloosa News reported Friday that 24-year-old Justin Jay Rich has been ordered to pay the city for costs associated with the search and $150 in additional court costs.

Rich will also be on probation for two years.

Authorities searched the river and riverbanks from a helicopter in October, believing someone attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the Black Warrior Parkway Bridge.

A video later surfaced on YouTube of Rich making the 110-foot jump.

Rich pleaded guilty to obstructing government operations, and the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's office requested that a charge of disorderly conduct be dropped against him.


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