Man struggles during arrest on Seattle’s
Then jumps with his hands in handcuffs
August 18, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) – The State Route 520 floating bridge (often called the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge) which connects Seattle with cities on the east side of Lake Washington, is the world’s longest floating bridge.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: SR 520 bridge over Lake Washington. WSDOT photo.
The Washington State Patrol says early Friday morning a man bound in handcuffs jumped off that bridge. He did not survive.
About 1:37 am Friday morning a WSP trooper did a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling eastbound on the bridge near the west high rise.
“At approximately 0152 the suspect was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI,” according to a WSP statement. “After being placed in handcuffs the subject resisted arrest, and resisted getting in to the Trooper’s patrol car. The suspect then intentionally jumped off the bridge, and in to Lake Washington.”
The trooper tried to grab and hold onto the man to keep him from going into the water but to no avail.
About 42 minutes later the Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Unit pulled the man, a 31-year old Kirkland resident from the water. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was confirmed dead just before 3:30 am.
The Washington State Patrol has asked the Seattle Police Department to take over the investigation in order to, “Ensure a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation is done in to this incident,” according to the WSP statement.