Following Chase, Deputies Pull Man From Edge of Bridge


Fast-acting deputies from Manatee County may have saved a desperate man who threatened to jump from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

According to a tweet from the sheriff's office, a driver led officers on a high-speed chase. Stop sticks took out the tires on his pickup truck and it finally came to a stop at the top of the bridge.

From the sheriff's chopper video, you can see the man get out of the pickup and quickly walk to the edge of the bridge. He sat on the barrier wall and threw his legs over the side.

With the wind whipping, deputies tried calling the man's phone repeatedly, but got disconnected. A Marine Unit was called in to help on the water below.

Finally, as more deputies approached the scene, one acted quickly, reached out, and grabbed the man, pulling him to safety.

The man will likely be evaluated and criminal charges are pending.

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