Portland, Ore. man arrested for tight-rope walking across bridge

Photo Courtesy: Multnomah County Sheriff

When police in Portland, Oregon first responded to a report of a man walking across the top of the steel bridge over the Willamette River Saturday morning, they thought he was going to jump.

That's his silhouette way up on the top cable on the left.

That cable is 270-feet up in the air.

Police blocked off the bridge and shut it down so it couldn't lift and knock the man off the cable.

River patrol boats waited below - wondering if he would jump or fall.

For whatever reason, it turns out the man decided to go tight-rope walking.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s officials say Benjamin Lovitz walked across the cable and then climbed down the stairs on the tower where police were waiting for him.

Lovitz was charged with trespass and disorderly conduct.