Ocean City Today

Bridge climber nets service hours

By Greg Ellison | Dec 07, 2017
Courtesy of: OCPD

(Dec. 8, 2017) Joshuah C. Miller, 26, who was spotted by police hanging from a Route 50 bridge piling after a late-night water excursion in July, was sentenced to perform 60 hours of community service last Friday in Ocean City District Court.

Miller, who was represented by Attorney Frank Benvenuto, was facing misdemeanor charges for intoxication and trespassing with maximum penalties of 90 days in jail and $600 in fines.

The Ocean City Police Department reported that when officers noticed a man under the Route 50 bridge at approximately 2:30 a.m. on July 23, they offered assistance. Miller gave a thumbs-up to the offer and said friends had tossed him in the water.

After being informed of the situation, the U.S. Coast Guard was in route to take Miller ashore, but he reportedly became agitated and crawled inside a mechanical area under the drawbridge.

The Coast Guard arrived and spent 10 minutes attempting to coax Miller out of hiding.

Because of his continued refusal to move, police obtained the keys to open the drawbridge maintenance hatches, entered the area and convinced Miller to vacate the steel-beam refuge and arrested him for trespassing.

Officers at the scene reported that Miller appeared extremely intoxicated when he was removed from under the bridge.

Judge Daniel Mumford granted Miller 90 days to complete 60 hours of community service.

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