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PORTSMOUTH — Police early Saturday morning convinced a man threatening to jump off the Interstate 95 bridge over the Piscataqua River to instead climb back to safety.At 5:43 a.m., New Hampshire State Police were told that an empty vehicle was parked on the bridge's southbound lane.

After arriving, troopers met with police from Kittery, Maine, who already were on scene.

According to a statement, the driver had exited the vehicle, climbed over the guardrail and was found on a lower bridge support beam. After a roughly 1.5 hour conversation, Portsmouth Police Sgt. Michael Schwartz and Trooper Christopher Roblee convinced the man to voluntarily climb back over the guard rail.

Portsmouth police then took the man into custody and took him to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for further evaluation.

No injuries were reported, and no charges are expected to be filed against the man, police said.

The man's car was towed from the scene and traffic was not affected, said police, who are not releasing the man's name, citing privacy concerns.

Also helping at the scene were units from the Portsmouth police and fire departments, Kittery Fire Department and Maine State Police, as well as U.S. Coast Guard and New Hampshire Marine Patrol units.
PORTSMOUTH HERALD
 
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