Police: Dillingham Street Bridge jumper 'just wanted to cool off'

benw@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 18, 2013 

Update (12:29 p.m.):

The 45-year-old man who police say leapt into the Chattahoochee River faced charges of jumping off the Dillingham Street Bridge in a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

According to court testimony, witnesses who saw the man jump off the bridge told police the man said he was going to hurt himself. However, after the man was found on the banks, he told officers that he was hot and "just wanted to cool off."

He was released from The Medical Center with no reported injuries Wednesday afternoon and taken to Muscogee County Jail.

During his hearing, Judge Michael Cielinski fined the man $500.

Original story

A man in his 40s was taken to The Medical Center today after jumping into the Chattahoochee River from the Dillingham Street Bridge.

The identity of the man was not available, but he will be kept at the hospital for observation, said Fire Marshal Ricky Shores, of the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

It is unknown why the man jumped from the bridge just before 1 p.m. “We didn’t actually get him out of the water,” Shores said. “We found him over on the banks.”

He didn’t appear to have sustained any injuries from the plunge. Paramedics found him on the Georgia side of the river before taking him to the hospital.

Shores was surprised the man survived the jump from the bridge. “The water is not very deep out there,” he said.

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Tiffany Stevens contributed to this report.

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