Nelson Police had to deal with several intoxicated suspects during the weekend.

Nelson Police had to deal with several intoxicated suspects during the weekend.

Intoxicated men climb Nelson’s big orange bridge

No one was hurt in the incident that took place early Sunday morning.

  • Feb. 9, 2015 5:00 a.m.

A pair of men decided to climb Nelson’s big orange bridge early Sunday morning.

At about 2 a.m., Nelson police were patrolling along Highway 3A, close to the bridge when a pedestrian flagged them down and told officers that two men had climbed to the top of the bridge structure.

Police located the duo perched atop the bridge structure and advised them that Nelson Fire Department would be attending the scene to extract them from the bridge safely.

The men, both later discovered to be under the influence of alcohol, ignored police direction and climbed down before the fire department arrived.

Both were arrested upon arriving on the bridge deck. One man, a 26-year-old resident of Nelson, was arrested for public intoxication, the other, a 22-year-old resident of New Zealand, was released without charge.

Both men face a possible charge of mischief  and/or a charge under the Trespass Act.


On Friday morning, at about 12:30 a.m., NPD members were alerted to a vehicle driving in erratic fashion in the downtown core. The female driver, identified as a 60-year-old resident of Nelson, displayed symptoms of impairment by alcohol and became uncooperative and resistant during detention.

The driver refused to provide a breath sample and was therefore arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample, impaired driving, obstruction of a police officer and resisting arrest.

A Nelson Court appearance is scheduled for May 19.