French tourist charged after climbing Brooklyn Bridge

17th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

A "foolish" French tourist could be imprisoned after he climbed a beam on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York so he could take a photo.

Yonathan Souid, 23, was charged Monday with reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and with climbing, jumping or suspending oneself from structures, according to the district attorney's office.

He was arrested Sunday after he scaled the bridge.

"I only wanted to take pictures.

There were no 'prohibited' signs.

I crossed the road without thinking," he said after appearing in court.

Souid was released on bail after spending a night in a prison cell and handing his passport to police.

Authorities slammed his behavior as irresponsible and illegal.

"This defendant's foolish and unlawful conduct is a breach of security and a danger to himself and others.

This is not a game and we will be seeking jail time," Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said in a statement.

Souid's next hearing is on December 9.

© 2014 AFP

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