DUI suspect injured after jumping off bridge to evade police

The driver jumped over the bridge railing and fell nearly 25 feet

By Police1 Staff

HOOVER, Ala. — Police said a 27-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after he jumped over a bridge to evade police.

An officer responded to a stopped car in the center lane of an interstate Sunday when they discovered the driver, who appeared intoxicated, passed out behind the wheel, WIAT reported.

The driver became aggravated while the responding officer waited for backup and refused commands. He then fled on foot, jumped over the bridge railing and fell nearly 25 feet.

Officers performed first aid until paramedics arrived. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"This is certainly a tragic situation and, first and foremost, we hope this individual is able to make a full recovery. Our officer who was the first on the scene, found herself in an extremely dangerous situation,'' Capt. Gregg Rector told AL.com. "It's not uncommon for us to respond to calls where DUI suspects are passed out at the wheel, but when it involves a stopped vehicle in the middle of the interstate, it really increases the chances for a terrible outcome."

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