BPD working to catch criminals throwing objects from overpasses

Lt. Edwards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Whoever is throwing bricks and other objects from the Highland Avenue overpass onto cars below will face criminal charges if caught.

Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department said overtime pay has been approved for officers to concentrate on catching suspects.

“We have directed our patrol division to monitor closely the particular areas of the incidents,” Edwards said. “We’ve also alerted our task force, which involves our plain clothes units, to work that area.”

Incidents of shattered windshields and damaged cars have happened on the Red Mountain Expressway near the Highland Avenue overpass and also along Interstate 20/59 at 31st Street North.

“We are also reaching out to the businesses in the area to try to retrieve video maybe to assist us,” Edwards said. “We want citizens to contact us immediately if an incident like this occurs so we can get officers to that area quickly to try to make an arrest of an individual or individuals that are responsible.”

Edwards said suspects can be charged with criminal mischief, which deals with damaging someone else’s property, or throwing a missile or object from the roadway, which is a serious felony offense.

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