Official: Woman who jumped off I-65 bridge after chase is pregnant

The woman who jumped off the Interstate 65 bridge at the Tennessee River after a police traffic stop Tuesday is pregnant, a Decatur police spokeswoman said today.

The woman and a man allegedly drove off in a vehicle left running at a Chevron station on Sixth Avenue and ended up at the southbound I-65 bridge, police said.

Their names were not released this morning.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office assisted Decatur police trying to locate the woman after she jumped off the bridge, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She then ran into a grassy area, said Decatur police spokeswoman Emily Long.

The Decatur police boat unit found the woman near the river, and she was initially in the custody of Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies before custody was transferred to Decatur police, Long said.

Long confirmed this morning that the woman is pregnant and was evaluated at Huntsville Hospital on Tuesday night.

At about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Alabama troopers were notified about a vehicle pursuit on I-65 south near the Tennessee River bridge, Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel said in a release. He said the vehicle crashed on the bridge and the woman was the driver.

The man was apprehended at the scene by troopers and turned over to Decatur police, according to Daniel.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency aviation, troopers, Limestone County sheriff’s deputies and Decatur police were on the scene during the search for the woman, he said.

Troopers worked the crash, and there were no injuries, according to Daniel.

The vehicle earlier sideswiped an unmarked law enforcement officer’s vehicle, somewhere between U.S. 31 North and Alabama 20, Long said.

From Decatur Daily