A Florida man jumped off a bridge Friday evading officers, after a vehicle pursuit.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office released in a statement: On Friday evening just prior to midnight, North District deputies attempted a traffic stop on a stolen van traveling on Bayshore Road. The suspect, later identified as Bryan Gray (DOB 07/28/1987), sped off westbound toward U.S. 41.

Aviation pilots arrived on scene of this Florida pursuit and observed him from the air, capturing this FLIR footage from Chopper One.


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At the top of the Edison Bridge, the van abruptly swerved and crashed into a retaining barrier. Gray got out of the van, jumped over the safety barrier, and dove into the Caloosahatchee River.

A perimeter was established, and FMPD’s Marine Unit was deployed. Gray was pulled from the water and detained by deputies before being transported to a local hospital to receive treatment.

While he may not have earned a gold medal for his high dive, Gray did find himself in hot water when he earned pending charges of Grand Theft Auto and Fleeing and Eluding.

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