TV: HPD officers save woman from jumping off bridge after chase


by staff report

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 21 at 4:06 PM

HOUSTON - HPD officers saved a woman from jumping off a bridge after a police chase in southeast Houston Monday afternoon.

It started around 1:10 p.m. when HPD received a call about a woman in a black car trying to commit suicide.


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When they arrived at the scene in the 10600 block of Donegal Way and approached the woman's car, police said she took off.

Officers gave chase, following the woman as she sped through traffic on the South Loop.

After a few minutes, she slowed to a complete stop on the shoulder, paused briefly and took off.

Air 11 was over the scene as the woman swerved onto and off of the shoulder and veered from side to side on the road.

A few moments after the first stop, the woman pulled over again on a bridge, only to speed away seconds later.

She narrowly missed a collision with a wrecker before officers corralled her onto an exit ramp at Post Oak.

She sped down the elevated ramp, stopping at a point where there was a significant drop to the road below.

With the door open before the car even came to a halt, the woman hurriedly leapt out of her car and scaled the barrier wall.

She was dangling over the edge when officers ran over and grabbed her, hoisting her back to safety as she kicked and struggled.

The woman was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car.

Police have not released her identity, but they said it was the second time they've stopped the woman from harming herself in the last three weeks.