Police Arrest Protester Carried Across Pensacola Bay Bridge On SUV’s Hood

July 2, 2020

Pensacola Police have arrested the protester carried three miles across the Pensacola Bay Bridge on the hood of a SUV.

Jason Uphaus of the 800 block of South Highway 29 was charged Thursday with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

One Jun 6, group of protesters had walked the short distance from the Graffiti Bridge on 17th Avenue to Bayfront Parkway, locking arms and temporarily blocking access to the Pensacola Bay Bridge. The Ford Flex drove at a slow speed through the group, with Uphaus jumping onto the hood of vehicle.

The driver continued slowly, with Uphaus on the hood, three miles across the Pensacola Bay Bridge where the vehicle was stopped by Gulf Breeze Police.

After about 20 minutes, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson arrived to speak to the group, and they left the roadway a short time later.

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33 Responses to “Police Arrest Protester Carried Across Pensacola Bay Bridge On SUV’s Hood”

  1. Emily on July 6th, 2020 8:49 pm

    Steely Dan is such a relaxing band in this crazy times we’re living through.

  2. Tanya on July 6th, 2020 12:14 am

    What was he protesting, his life? lol

  3. David Huie Green on July 4th, 2020 1:57 pm

    “@ David Huie Green, “you must have missed that”?”

    No. Misquote. “I must have missed those. ”


    “I have never seen so many hateful peoples comments in my life
    To the point of vile”

    They don’t strike me as particularly vile or hateful responses for someone who tries to take over their car. It puts the driver and everyone else at risk. Harsh response to threats to safety are justified even though we try to avoid them.

    One hoped he was fired for such careless action.
    One wanted him charged for the vandalism he created.
    One said he would do worse without specifying.
    One would have jailed and fined him.
    One would have seen to it he received flowers (very sweet of him to offer)
    One figured he was jobless and should be arrested (food and shelter and free medical care — also very sweet).
    One bragged on the good driving of the man he attacked and vandalized, admitting he wouldn’t have been as good a driver, himself. (Humility)

    Nothing but love and kindness, even suggesting a good swim was in order despite the risk he created, placing himself above the reasonable enjoyment of life of others just minding their own business.

    “I know you cant be hungry as you are too full of yourself guy.”

    I dunno; I could go for a Whopper right now, not that Whataburger’s offerings aren’t good, better yet CHEN’S!!

    David for life’s goodness

  4. AJ on July 4th, 2020 10:21 am

    Bringing consequences to those who violate the law.

  5. David on July 4th, 2020 8:46 am

    @ David Huie Green, “you must have missed that”?
    You cant see the forest for the trees”
    Its called selective vision or lack there of.
    I know you cant be hungry as you are too full of yourself guy.
    Regarding !

  6. Stumpknocker on July 4th, 2020 7:22 am

    Nothing but show boating, he couldn’t even claim he was placed in fear as he sat there recording with his phone, but the people recording the incident had some good music playing.

  7. David Huie Green on July 3rd, 2020 11:25 pm

    the law, most were fairly reasonable.

    And even the ones blocking traffic had a higher risk of COVID-19 infection, so arresting them would endanger the police for little benefit.

    David for safe police functioning lawfully

  8. David Huie Green on July 3rd, 2020 11:21 pm

    “I have never seen so many hateful peoples comments in my life
    To the point of vile”

    I must have missed those. Other than the ones who wanted to arrest all the protesters, not just the ones who broke

  9. David Huie Green on July 3rd, 2020 11:14 pm

    “I bet you he is a paid protester from out of town….”

    Not in Pensacola, no. Not that far away, though.
    Based on “800 block of South Highway 29″ he would live fairly near St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Cantonment.

    Hard to imagine anyone paying someone from Cantonment to make a fool of himself when several will do it for free.
    (No offense intended to the vast majority of good people there, but we all know there are SOME…)

    David for pay as you go

  10. Mike J. on July 3rd, 2020 9:59 pm

    Ridiculous that it took nearly a month to arrest the guy. Peaceful protest not blocking roads = OK. Burning buildings and blocking roads to protest = Not OK. Arab countries do that.

  11. Bill on July 3rd, 2020 10:17 am

    I bet you he is a paid protester from out of town….

  12. DJ on July 3rd, 2020 9:28 am

    There is another article, it says the protester wants the driver arrested. Good luck with that because you cannot block a major highway, I don’t care who is protesting what. More protesters need to be arrested when choosing to break the law. I know and have known a great deal of people who still serve and have given their lives to defend our country to just take for granted the freedoms that they have and do ignorant acts such as this, shameful.

  13. mike on July 2nd, 2020 11:50 pm

    Judicial corporal punishment is practiced in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Brunei, Darussalam, Maldives, Indonesia (Aceh) and Nigeria (northern states) and many more. :D

    oh, we would have way less incidents such as this!

  14. Citizen on July 2nd, 2020 11:10 pm

    Mob rule vs rule of law. We support law and order. Stay out of the road. Don’t break the law. Capitalism not socialism. Republican not Democrat. Pretty simple.
    We support the police.

  15. DB on July 2nd, 2020 10:51 pm

    If someone jumps on my car, or attempts to harm me or my passenger, I’m thinking the person is trying to carjack me and Florida allows the use of deadly force to defend myself and protect my passenger and property and to prevent a carjacking. I am prepared to use the force I deem necessary and the fool that tries it will not try it again.

  16. Bring it on wife on July 2nd, 2020 10:23 pm

    I agree with my husband. If that man or anyone for that matter were to threaten me like that, I would have defended myself and he may not be alive right now. I have a concealed weapon permit and carry my gun with me just for this type situation. I as an American Citizen have the right to defend myself. If what that stupid dumb man did isn’t threatening, I don’t know what is ! You cannot fix STUPID ! Pray for this poor stupid dumb man , he needs lots of prayers

  17. Charlie on July 2nd, 2020 10:22 pm

    @David—If people would follow the law & not do stupid unlawful acts, then there wouldn’t be “vile” comments. People are starting to get fed up with the looting, arson, & yes even a few murders, along with taking over large areas, streets & buildings. Protesting properly is fine, but unfortunately it has gotten way out of hand.You don’t hear much about the over 100 shootings with fatalities in Chicago this past weekend including young children being victims, no law inforcement involved in any. Where is BLM & protestors there? They could be doing neighboerhood watch & street patrols since they seem to want to defund law enforcement. That sure won’t happen. Someone else has to be blamed.

  18. Realist on July 2nd, 2020 8:50 pm

    @ t com. The criminal mischief charge was for the mirror.

  19. David on July 2nd, 2020 8:46 pm

    I have never seen so many hateful peoples comments in my life
    To the point of vile

  20. Samuel R Stewart on July 2nd, 2020 8:40 pm

    He would not have liked what would come next it been a ruff 3 mile ride. Then a sudden stop at the water off the bridge

  21. John on July 2nd, 2020 7:40 pm

    He should be charged and the rest of them to because if u stupid enough to jump on someone car or truck or get in front of them then u deserve everything u get because I would have speed up slam my brakes

  22. Hmmm on July 2nd, 2020 7:06 pm

    I will always wonder if he could have been sent swimming in the bay with some well-timed swerving and braking.

  23. Sd on July 2nd, 2020 6:34 pm

    Dang, some tough talkers on here!

  24. Anne on July 2nd, 2020 4:55 pm

    Uphaus, willingly jumped from the roadway onto the hood of the vehicle because he thought it would be a good thing to do.
    Uphaus had the total right to get the heck out of the way and allow legal traffic to proceed and he violated the driver’s space.
    Hope he’s held liable for all damages, costs incurred by Pensacola and Gulf Breeze Police and all associated Court Costs.
    As Forrest Gump would say, “Stupid Is as Stupid Does”

  25. Bama on July 2nd, 2020 4:44 pm

    Fired, do you really think he has a job. It’s a good thing it wasn’t my car he jumped on. He would have had the ride of his life then experienced extreme braking.

  26. Charlie on July 2nd, 2020 4:31 pm

    Common sense prevails for once! I am not against peaceful protesting, but in my opinion, the entire group should have been arrested for an ill conceived & illegal blocking of a main highway, with very few alternatives of going a different way. Enough is enough. I guess they didn’t consider that those they blocked may have been on their way to work or an important appointment like going to a doctor. Must be nice they apparently didn’t need to be at a job themselves & had all of that free time. As far as I can see, absolutely nothing was accomplished by them, except to make law abiding drivers upset & mad, & defeat their whole supposed purpose.

  27. Allen Lee on July 2nd, 2020 3:50 pm

    should have arrested all of them

  28. molino resident on July 2nd, 2020 3:25 pm

    He probably doesn’t even hold a job to be fired from.
    He should have been arrested.

  29. Cantonment on July 2nd, 2020 2:50 pm

    They would been puttin flowers on him if he jumped on my hood

  30. john on July 2nd, 2020 2:40 pm

    He needs to spend some time in jail, and pay for the damage he did to them folks car! Unacceptable!

  31. BRING IT ON on July 2nd, 2020 2:33 pm

    He best be glad he wasn’t on my hood or it would’ve ended much worse for him.!!!

  32. t gom on July 2nd, 2020 2:27 pm

    Why was he not charged for tearing the mirror from the vehicle?

  33. JTV on July 2nd, 2020 2:19 pm

    Good, hopefully he’s fired from his place of employment as well. This was not a peaceful protest

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