Fleeing Illinois suspect survives bridge jump

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(CAHOKIA, Ill., AP) — Police in southwestern Illinois say a suspect fleeing authorities jumped from a highway ramp leading to a Mississippi River bridge into St. Louis. The man survived and is hospitalized.
The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/103EE2G) reports that investigators in Cahokia, Ill., just southeast of St. Louis, were conducting a sweep Wednesday for fugitives and illegal drugs and guns when the man sped away from police trying to stop his car.
The suspect then crashed on an on-ramp of the Poplar Street Bridge and tried to flee on foot before leaping over a guardrail.
Police say he survived the fall and attempted to hide after he landed but was arrested.
His name and medical status were not immediately available Thursday.