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Man arraigned for alleged Mackinac Bridge climb

ST. IGNACE — A man was arraigned on Thursday for a charge related to allegedly climbing the Mackinac Bridge illegally.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post reported that Isaac Kendall Wright, 25, of Cincinnati was arraigned in the 89th District Court of Cheboygan County on a charge of felony trespass upon a key transportation facility. The alleged trespass occurred on Nov. 5.

The investigation began when photographs taken from the top of the south tower of the Mackinac Bridge surfaced on social media platforms. Upon learning of the photos, Mackinac Bridge Authority personnel reviewed an incident in which an alarm was activated on the bridge early one morning in November, and a check of the surveillance video revealed evidence of the crime.

MSP investigators soon discovered that multiple other law enforcement agencies from around the country were investigating similar crimes believed to be committed by the same individual.

Detectives from multiple states began to work together, which eventually resulted in Wright’s arrest in Winona, Arizona. He was extradited to Cincinnati to face his first set of criminal charges before being arraigned virtually on the Michigan charge.

Wright remains lodged in the Hamilton County Jail in Ohio. His preliminary examination on the Michigan charge is scheduled for March 5 through the 89th District Court of Cheboygan County.

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