Bridge too high for jump
A 21-year-old Aiken man who climbed over the side of the Fifth Street bridge after a short chase later told an officer that he didn’t jump because of how far he would have fallen.
According to an incident report, North Augusta Public Safety observed a vehicle speeding north on U.S. Highway 1 around noon March 4. The driver, later identified as James A. Cooper of Nancy Lane, exited onto East Martintown Road and turned right on Buena Vista Avenue back onto U.S. Highway 1 heading south.
Cooper then drove onto the Fifth Street bridge where he came to a stop, got out of the vehicle and climbed over the side of the bridge. Officers were able to pull Cooper to safety. He later told police that “the fall from the (Fifth Street) bridge was higher than he thought and that is why he did not jump,” the report stated.
Cooper said that he was arguing with his girlfriend on the phone and began smoking marijuana and driving fast when he saw the officer.
Cooper was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and failing to stop for blue lights and siren.