- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Metropolitan Police Department yesterday rescued a man threatening to jump off the Taft Bridge in Northwest, following about a four-hour standoff that blocked traffic and attracted hundreds of onlookers from the popular Woodley Park restaurant district.

A department rescue team at about 8:10 p.m. removed the man, who had climbed over the west railing of the Connecticut Avenue bridge, which crosses Rock Creek Park and connects the Kalorama and Woodley Park neighborhoods.

The incident began at about 4 p.m. when police received a report of a man sitting on the ledge of the bridge, said Alan Etter, a D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman.

The 300-yard-long bridge was immediately closed in both directions. Connecticut Avenue traffic going south was diverted to Calvert Street Northwest.

Mr. Etter said rescue officials “convinced” the unidentified man to return to safety and that he was taken to Georgetown University Hospital after complaining of minor injuries.

— Joe Weber

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