Allen Park man charged in daredevil leap across Fort Street bridge

Detroit — A 26-year-old Allen Park man is facing charges from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in connection with property damage done to a popular bridge on Detroit's southwest side after allegedly performing a death-defying-type leap with his car.

Miguel Gomez is accused of damaging the Fort Street Bridge when he drove his car in a daredevil fashion, causing the vehicle to leap across the bridge around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Miguel Gomez

The incident was described as something straight out of the 1970s television show "The Dukes of Hazzard," which opens with the driver of an orange 1969 Dodge Charger jumping 82 feet with the vehicle into midair.

Gomez is charged with malicious destruction of property - $1,000-$20,000, reckless driving and malicious destruction of property involving a gate/fences. Gomez was arraigned Saturday in 34th District Court in Romulus. His probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King.

Along the Rouge River, this is the Fort Street bridge, with the I-75 overpass seen in the background, Sept. 14, 2016.

Gomez was given a $3,500 personal bond.  

The incident stunned the bridge operator. Officers responded to the incident on a call of "hazardous conditions" and found the vehicle at rest on the western side of the Fort Street drawbridge. 

Gomez is accused of striking and driving through the bridge's security gate at a high rate of speed. The bridge’s security gate was not fully lowered and the vehicle went airborne before landing on the other side of the bridge, which is in the 10500 block of West Fort Street and Miller Road over the Rouge River.

Gomez was arrested at the scene.

“These pandemic times have seemingly brought out the worst in many Michigan drivers," Worthy said in a statement Monday. "The rules of the road (remain) the same, and there is no place for drivers who refuse to follow them and instead try alleged stunts like this.”