Acting Bellaire Police Chief nearly taken over Viaduct Bridge by suspect


Acting Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan nearly suffered a 30-to-40 foot fall off the Great Stone Viaduct Bridge on Wednesday while attempting to tackle a suspect on drugs.

In fact, his partner helped pull him from the edge of a bridge after a struggle with a suspect.

Just after 3 p.m., Flanagan says a call came in for a man atop the bridge.

"He was extremely paranoid,” Flanagan said. “Didn't trust anybody. He was reporting that people was out to kill him."

Flanagan and Lt. J.J. Watson attempted to detain 31-year-old Richard Kyle before the fight spilled over onto the edge of the bridge.

"The guy kept pushing, and I could feel the railing giving and my duty belt started going under the angle iron of the handrail, and I told Officer Watson I'm going over. And J.J. looked at me, and I said, ‘I'm going over you gotta grab his ankles.’ And so Officer Watson was able to pull us both from the edge of the bridge."

Bridgeport Police arrived to assist Bellaire's officers, along with the town's fire chief on a ladder truck.

"This guy was only about 5-foot-6, 5-7, maybe 130 pounds, and he fought six guys," Flanagan said.

Flanagan says Kyle was high on a combination of drugs.

"I believe they found some bath salts in him, methamphetamine and supposedly that new drug that's going around that's giving them super human strength," Flanagan said.

That "new" drug Flanagan is referring to is a synthetic called "Flakka," and is widely considered a more current version of bath salts.

Kyle is behind bars on charges of persistent disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and inducing panic on more $2,000 bond.

"Luckily nobody got hurt,” Flanagan said. “We got some scrapes and bruises you expect that, but nobody got seriously hurt."

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