Man Shuts Down Ravenel Bridge for 2nd Time

2:33 PM, Feb 2, 2014   |    comments
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man has shut down the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston for the second time in two years.

Police said 40-year-old Phillip DeClemente sped away from a traffic stop Friday night, stopped his car at the top of the bridge and called 911. The bridge was shut down for about an hour before DeClemente was taken into custody.

Authorities said in February 2012, DeClemente stopped his SUV on the bridge, put signs in the window like "Stay Away" and "Game Over" and threatened to kill himself, The bridge was shut down for four hours until he was arrested.

DeClemente was charged with failure to stop for a blue light in the Friday incident. He remains in the Charleston County jail on $50,000 bond. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

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