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Police charge suspected driver in Roebling Bridge crash

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 14:48:58-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Police have identified the driver they said is responsible for the crash that damaged the historic John. A Roebling Suspension Bridge. 

Demarko Page, 24, of Cincinnati, had told police that he was a passenger in the vehicle that hit the bridge on March 20, and that the driver had run away. However, investigators found that Page lied and he was actually the driver.

Page is facing charges of falsely reporting an incident, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license and failure of owner to maintain required insurance. 

Police have a warrant for Page's arrest.

Page's lie "resulted in a week of unnecessary investigative work before the offender admitted to being the operator of the vehicle," police wrote in the arrest warrant.

Kentucky transportation officials closed the bridge after the crash due to structural damage to a vertical steel piece dating to 1890. They estimated the bridge would remain closed until June. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is expecting to receive a final proposal on needed repairs by next week.

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The suspension bridge was the world's longest when it opened in 1866. The piece that was damaged in the crash was added later to strengthen the design. 

Check back for more on this developing story.