“When I hit the water, my shoulder went up, I kind of hurt my shoulder, but I started swimming. I couldn’t get back to the bank because the current was way too strong. I stayed in the water for probably about, I had a watch on, I looked at it, for probably about 2.5 to 3 hours. I thought I was going to die, but God saved me.”
A Louisiana man made an impulsive decision to jump off a bridge he was stuck on during a traffic jam and ended up in handcuff. ABC10 reports Jimmy Jennings of Lafayette was stranded in standstill traffic on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to a 10-car pileup on from Interstate 10 when he made the plunge.
He injured his shoulder from the impact and the strong current swept him downriver. He eventually made it to the shore and spent approximately an hour on an ATV trying to find his way back. He then realized he was on an island. Jennings said he found a house and tried locating anyone for help.
He also found a boat and took it around to get back to civilization. That’s when he was met by police.
“I was walking and heard officers come behind me with their guns and told me to put my hands up, but I couldn’t since I hurt my shoulders from the fall. They all had their guns on me. They were telling me to ‘get on the ground, get on the ground.’ So I got on the ground, listened to them, and they put me handcuffs.”
Jennings said police brought him to an ambulance so he could be checked out by paramedics. He was cited for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.