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Men charged with mischief for traffic tie-ups on the Lions Gate

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Two Americans remain in custody after causing traffic headaches on the Lions Gate

VPD Chief not impressed with photo-op stunt on major route

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Two men, one from Washington State — the other from California, have been charged with mischief after a bizarre incident on the Lions Gate Bridge on Thursday tied up traffic for roughly four hours.

Zachary Woodrow Burke, 23 and Andrew Preston, 26, have made a court appearance and remain in custody.

Vancouver Police say the pair climbed the wires of the bridge because they were trying to get a nice photo.

Drivers saw them and called 911 but when officers got there, they couldn’t find the men. The Emergency Response Team’s high-angle rescue specialists were deployed.

The centre lane of the bridge was closed for several hours and the stunt has not impressed Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer.

“It was a pretty selfish thing to do and unfortunate that they decided to do that. I understand that sometimes people want do thrill-seeking events and nobody is opposed to that but not on public infrastructure. You can go climb a mountain or do something like that.”

The traffic tie-ups caused extensive delays on several major routes.

“Overall, the circumstances of the that event was extremely disruptive to people coming in and out of Vancouver, not only on that particular bridge, but also the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge as well. It backed up traffic out onto [Highway] 1, out into Burnaby and caused significant disruptions for people and their lives,” adds Palmer.

The two men also had their camera equipment seized.