West Palm Beach Police report that the bridge tender who was operating a drawbridge a 79-year-old woman fell from in February has been arrested and charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence.\
Officials took Artissau Paulk into custody Thursday afternoon. The Greenacres woman is now at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Main Detention Center.
Paulk appeared in court for the first time Friday, where she was given a $20,000 bond. She is not allowed to have any contact with witnesses or the family of Carol Wright.
Documents stated that Paulk worked for Florida Drawbridge, Incorporated for more than one year and had been assigned to the Royal Park Bridge for two months before February 6.
The court documents show that Paulk lied during her statement to police and texted about the lies with what appears to be her supervisor before deleting the messages.