GLASSPORT (KDKA)- A man is in custody after surviving a 100-foot plummet off of a local bridge.
Edwin Wylie-Biggs, 32, of Clairton, was so desperate to get away from police that he climbed a fence and hurled himself over the side of the Clairton-Glassport Bridge to bring an end to a dramatic police chase.
It began around 2:30 a.m. when police suspected Wylie-Biggs of driving under the influence and pulled him over on Commonwealth Avenue in Duquesne.
Wylie-Biggs initially stopped, then took off. He stopped again a short time later to let off a female passenger, before taking off again and nearly hitting a Duquesne police officer.
The suspect lead police on a high speed chase from Duquesne to Glassport.
“Continued at a high-rate of speed through West Mifflin, back into Duquesne, down Route 837, into Dravosburg, made a turn onto the Mansfield Bridge, subsequently went over the Mansfield Bridge, through Glassport,” said Duquesne City Police Chief Richard Adams.
He eventually crashed on the Clairton-Glassport Bridge and jumped over the side.
Police assumed he was critically injured and had a helicopter on standby.
But mud broke the suspect’s fall and he survived.
He was walking along railroad tracks when he was taken into custody.
Police found two bricks of heroin and $500 cash in the suspect’s jeep.
The suspect was taken by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Doctors there determined that he suffered no broken bones or other serious injuries.
Police say you had to see it to believe it.
Wylie-Biggs is facing charges that include aggravated assault of a police officer, fleeing and eluding and possession with intent to deliver.