A bridge tender who was charged with manslaughter after a 79-year-old woman fell to her death from a drawbridge has been arrested again. Artissua Paulk, the drawbridge operator, had failed a drug test and neglected to pay court fines and costs relating to her previous conviction.
Details of the incident
Last year, Paulk was accused of raising the Royal Park Bridge drawbridge, causing Carol Wright to fall 50 feet to her death on the concrete below. She was charged with manslaughter and placed on probation for eight years after pleading guilty. Following the incident, detectives conducted a drug test and a search of Paulk’s cellphone, determining that she was not using her phone at the time of the accident and did not have drugs in her system.
Paulk was arrested again on Tuesday after records from the Florida Department of Corrections revealed she had THC in her urine sample. Additionally, she had failed to pay court costs and fines.
A 57-year-old woman also fell from the same bridge in April while walking her bicycle across it. She fell about six to ten feet and survived. Detectives are interested in re-interviewing the woman to get a clearer understanding of what happened.