POLICE: Self-proclaimed 'flipper' caught trying to do acrobatics on Big Four Bridge
Police say first responders initially thought it was a suicide attempt, but they were mistaken: it was an attempt at acrobatics.
Friday, December 12th 2014, 9:51 am EST
Friday, December 12th 2014, 10:02 am EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested a self-proclaimed "flipper" who was caught climbing on the Big Four Bridge so he could perform acrobatics.
According to an arrest report, it happened at 1:30 a.m. Friday when surveillance cameras from the Louisville Metro Police's Real Time Crime Center captured video of 21-year-old John T. Pratt climbing over fencing on the bridge.
Police officers were sent to stop Pratt, and when they found him, he was allegedly under the bridge on a structural pylon, out-of-view of the general public.
Police say Pratt told them he was a "flipper" -- a thrill seeker who took pride in flipping upside down from structures. According to the arrest report, officers were not amused, noting that Pratt would face "certain death" if he fell from the pylon he was on, and that he was "a danger to himself" based on his "thrill-seeking behaviors."
According to the arrest report, crews from the Louisville Fire Department and EMS were also dispatched to the Bridge because they mistakenly thought Pratt's actions were a suicide attempt in progress.
Pratt was arrested and charged with second degree criminal trespassing.
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