Man jumps from bridge

January 06, 2018

Banged up: Rochester police arrested a man after reports he was driving dangerously and without number plates at the weekend.

A man who crashed his car and then jumped from a 4m bridge in Rochester in an attempt to evade police has been arrested and will face court.

On Saturday night, police received reports of a vehicle driving dangerously around Rochester without number plates.

‘‘A white Holden sedan was driving around town ... (I) was static in an area waiting for the vehicle to reappear,’’ Rochester police Leading Senior Constable Shane Weeks said.

About 8.30pm the vehicle was seen driving out of Ramsay St and into Elizabeth St over the railway crossing — towards the roundabout bridge.

‘‘When the 23-year-old male driver spotted police he increased his speed and approached the roundabout,’’ Leading Sen Const Weeks said.

‘‘The male driver then turned left at speed to cross the bridge ... due to his high speed the vehicle crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with the fencing protecting pedestrian traffic.’’

Leading Sen Const Weeks said the vehicle mounted the pedestrian path and destroyed 20m of fencing before coming to a stop with extensive damage.

‘‘The male was then seen by police exiting the vehicle and running off in a easterly direction, before jumping off the walk bridge onto the ground below which was a 4m drop.’’

Police said the driver was eventually located and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days, at a cost to the driver of $1060.

He is due to face court on several charges including conduct endangering persons, driving while unlicensed, driving an unregistered vehicle, careless driving and speeding offences.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to call Leading Sen Const Weeks at Rochester police station on 54841100.

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