Boy Escaping Police Jumps Off Of Bridge

Authorities say a Woodbridge boy has drowned after escaping from a police cruiser parked on a bridge.

According to Police, the boy leaped over a concrete barrier and into the Occoquan River. Virginia State Police Sergeant Terry Licklider says it's unclear why 16-year-old Rodger Rodriguez jumped off Interstate 95 and into the river about 60 feet below.

He says authorities don't know if Rodriguez was just trying to escape and didn't realize what he was trying to jump over.

Rodriguez was pulled over about 3:20 a.m. early Saturday morning for speeding and was arrested for drunken driving and driving without a license.

At the time he escaped, Rodriguez was sitting in the front passenger seat of the cruiser with his hands handcuffed behind his back.

Licklider says the seat belt was buckled and the door was locked.


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