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San Diego Freeway Chase Ends When Mercedes Driver Jumps off Bridge and Survives

The driver jumped off a bridge in an attempt to evade authorities and landed in a patch of shrubbery, suffering non-life threatening injuries as a result

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A police chase in San Diego Tuesday afternoon ended when the fleeing driver pulled his white Mercedes over on a roughly three-story-high freeway bridge and jumped off of it, injuring himself but surviving.

The driver, whose name was not immediately available, originally refused to stop when a San Diego Police Department officer tried to pull him over for a seat belt violation, SDPD spokesman Scott Lockwood said.

After about a half hour of leading officers on a chase throughout the city, the man finally pulled to a stop, got out of the sedan and leaped over a concrete barrier on the side of the elevated roadway, according to California Highway Patrol.

The man landed in a patch of shrubbery, where officers arrested him. Paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the roughly 30-foot fall, CHP public affairs Officer Salvador Castro said.

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