First, the basics:
ATLANTA – Three people were taken into custody in connection with a fire on I-85 that caused a bridge to collapse, according to the state fire marshal’s office.
Basil Eleby, 40, has been charged with first degree criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing. Authorities have not yet said what led to the charges.
Eleby will appear in court Saturday morning.
Two other people were given citations for trespassing and were released.
Channel 2’s Mark Winne learned one or more of the individuals involved may be transient.
Channel 2 Action News has learned Eleby has been arrested several times before. He has been booked on charges including possession of marijuana and cocaine, criminal trespass, simple battery, and simple assault dating back to 1995.
Let’s fill in some detail with reporting from Heavy
Eleby appears to have a criminal history with multiple previous mugshots, according to Mugshots.com. ABC News reported that all three suspects were in the Fulton County Jail, and that they were interrogated throughout the day, although authorities have not said yet what led them to the trio.
According to 11Alive.com, Fulton County Jail records show Basil Eleby “had been arrested 19 times before for drug, battery, assault and other charges. An April 2014 mugshot shows Eleby after he was arrested for charges related to the sale and trafficking of cocaine.”
Thick black smoke billowed into the sky as the blaze erupted. USA Today reported that “Flames are erupting underneath an Atlanta interstate as black smoke is billowing under all sides. Local officials are on the scene and working to determine a cause.”
Drivers were left stranded:
There’s not much that can be said that hasn’t been said before. Blacks are a retarded group who often appear not to understand cause and effect. That they cost the hard working white taxpayers big money is not debatable. Old Basil is just costing working people more than usual for a single dindu. Perhaps worse than the monetary cost will be the time spent driving alternate routes and the traffic snarls caused by the bridge collapse.
Eleby? Lock him up and throw away the key. Let him live on bread and water. Or put him to work on a work farm paying for the bridge reconstruction.