Tappan Zee Bridge Dangler Going to Trial

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    Michael Davitt, seen dangling at left and pictured at inset, hung from the Tappan Zee bridge for three hours before he crashed into the water and was pulled into a boat Nov. 7.


    A man who dangled himself from a bridge over the Hudson River has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial in April.

    Raw Video: Protester Dangles From Tappan Zee Bridge

    [NY] Raw Video: Protester Dangles From Tappan Zee Bridge
    Chopper 4 captured this video of a protester hanging from the Tappan Zee bridge on a rope ladder with a sign about government "cover up." (Published Monday, Nov. 7, 2011)

    The Westchester district attorney's office says Michael Davitt of Garnerville decided Monday to fight the charges against him rather than serve 45 days in jail and pay $5,000.

    On Nov. 7, 2011, Davitt lowered himself on a rope ladder from the deck of the Tappan Zee Bridge. He hung for hours over the river while Interstate 87 traffic backed up for miles.

    He said he was protesting being fired from a drug counseling job.

    Rescuers eventually lowered Davitt toward police boats. He leaped from his ladder but eventually surrendered.

    Davitt faces charges including criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

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