Man responsible for Ravenel Bridge chaos requests jury trial

Phillip DeClemente (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Phillip DeClemente (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In court Wednesday morning, the man charged with reckless driving for shutting down the Ravenel Bridge for several hours on Feb. 2 requested a jury trial.

Phillip DeClemente, 38, apologized last week for causing chaos on the Ravenel Bridge. On Feb. 2, DeClemente stopped his SUV atop the Ravenel bridge forcing police into a two and a half hour stand off.

DeClemente said in a written letter that he did it in "a desperate attempt to get justice."

He claims he parked his car on the bridge to draw attention to a dispute with a former business associate over a case and what he calls ongoing harassment by the police.

A court date has not been set for the reckless driving trial. he is charged by the Charleston Police Department.

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