In Michigan
4:23 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Bridge company owner ordered to jail for contempt

DETROIT –

A judge has ordered the 84-year-old owner of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge to jail for failing to meet court-ordered deadlines on a construction project.

Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards said Thursday that Manuel "Matty" Moroun and top lieutenant Dan Stamper will stay in jail until the work is done. It's unclear how long that will be.

Detroit International Bridge Co. was declared in contempt of court in November for failing to finish work on a project linking the U.S.-Canada span with two Detroit interstates.

Lawyers for Moroun claim he's really not the owner. They say a Moroun trust has a minority stake in a holding company that owns the bridge. But state officials say Moroun clearly is in charge.