Army vet charged after climbing Mackinac Bridge for photos

FILE - This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Mich. Michigan's environmental agency said Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, it had approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (Carlos Osorio, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ST. IGNACE, Mich. – An Army veteran already jailed in Ohio after the roof of a Cincinnati skyscraper was accessed has been accused of scaling the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to take photos.

Issac Wright, 25, of Cincinnati, was arraigned Thursday via video in Cheboygan District Court on a charge of felony trespass upon a key transportation facility.

Photos taken on the bridge’s south tower were posted in November on social media. The bridge connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas.

Wright was arraigned Thursday from a county jail in Ohio after being extradited there following his arrest in December in Winona, Arizona.

Police in Cincinnati have said security camera wires were cut in November at that city’s 665-foot-tall (202-meter-tall) Great American Tower and that specialized tools were used to get to the building’s roof, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

A burglary warrant was issued for Wright.

“It’s important for people to know that Mr. Wright spent years defending our country while serving in the U.S. Army,” Michigan-based defense attorney Mary Chartier told The Associated Press Friday.

Chartier said she only is representing Wright in the Michigan bridge case.