2 Men Arrested for Late Night Climb of W'burg Bridge

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011  |  Updated 5:44 PM EDT
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2 Men Arrested for Late Night Climb of W'burg Bridge

Brice Farrell, 25, of Maryland and James Stafford, 22, of Connecticut, told police they had wanted to get better pictures from the bridge.

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Two men who call themselves urban explorers were arrested for climbing the Williamsburg Bridge early Wednesday morning.
 

Brice Farrell, 25, of Maryland, and James Stafford, 22, of Connecticut, told police they had wanted to get better pictures from the bridge when they were caught scaling its beams around 3 a.m.  They had cameras with them, police said.

They were arrested on charges of criminal trespass.

Aviation unit officers detected the two men on the metal beams above the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. Officers had to climb up to get them and police said it's not clear how high up the two were at the time. It wasn't clear if the two had lawyers.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says there was no terror threat, and scolded such acts as a waste of department time.

The bridge was finished in 1902.

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