One arrested after standoff on Brunswick Bridge

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to our media partners at the Portland Press Herald, a homeless man eluded police for more than two hours on the Frank Woods Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham Police early Saturday morning.

According to Brunswick Police, 27-year-old Eric Wallace was charged with criminal trespass and creating a police standoff on the bridge. The bridge crosses the Androscoggin River on Rt. 201.

Wallace and another man were spotted on top of the bridge by Brunswick Police around 12:20 A.M. after receiving a complaint. One of the men descended without incident, but Wallace tried to conceal himself by lying down along the beam.

Police say Wallace walked along the bridge toward Topsham, and Topsham Police were called to the scene.

The man then climbed down and disappeared under the bridge. Police boats were deployed from both departments and officers searched under the bridge.

Wallace was found at 2:42 A.M. hiding on a girder under the bridge. Officers then negotiated with him for more than an hour before he climbed out and was arrested.

In addition, Wallace is facing two active warrants for his arrest on charges of failure to appear in court. He is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.


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