Disorderly Man Faces Charges

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on disorderly conduct and hindering police charges early Sunday morning after a citizen reported seeing him hanging over the Route 50 Bridge.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, a Maryland State Police trooper was on patrol when he was stopped by a citizen and informed there was an unidentified man hanging over the Harry Kelley Bridge railing on the eastbound side of Route 50 into Ocean City. The trooper responded to the scene and made contact with the individual, later identified as Evan John Griffiths, 35, of Ocean City, and determined he was intoxicated and a danger to himself and others.

MSP troopers interviewed Griffiths and determined he did not want to harm himself, but was extremely intoxicated. The troopers made several attempts to get Griffiths home safely, but he refused to cooperate and began launching obscenities at the officers and told them to get out of his way. Griffiths allegedly continued to act in a disorderly manner and began drawing the attention of passing motorists.

Griffiths was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and he was taken to the MSP Berlin barrack for processing. MSP troopers attempted to process Griffiths with a criminal citation and release him to a responsible party, but he again became uncooperative and refused to provide his home address.

Griffiths was then charged with hindering and obstructing a police officer and was taken before a District Court Commissioner. His conduct at the commissioner’s office reportedly did not improve and he continued to be uncooperative. Griffiths eventually provided the appropriate information to the District Court Commissioner and was released on personal recognizance.