Driver Jumps From San Jose Overpass To Evade Police, Ends Up Hospitalized
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A driver remained hospitalized Friday after leading San Jose police on a car chase on Interstate Highway 680, jumping off a freeway railing and falling about 40 feet on Thursday night, a police spokesman said.
Police pulled the driver over about 9 p.m. Thursday for a traffic violation at Alum Rock Avenue and King Road in East San Jose, police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.
As officers started walking to the stopped car, the driver sped away at a high rate of speed and they temporarily lost sight of the car, Morales said.
The officers, who had last seen the car entering the southbound side of Highway 680 from Jackson Avenue, got on the freeway from the Jackson Avenue on-ramp and soon saw the suspect’s car stopped after it had crashed into a median wall, Morales said.
As officers drove to the car, they watched as the driver ran to the opposite side of the roadway and then jumped over the freeway railing, Morales said.
Police looked down from the freeway and observed the suspect lying on the King Road on-ramp after falling about 40 feet, according to Morales.
The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries from the fall, Morales said.
Two juveniles who were passengers in the car were interviewed by officers and then released to their parents, Morales said.
Police had not released the driver’s condition, name, age or gender.
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