Extreme Cannonballer

Watching this incident unfold, must have been quite a shock:

A man who fled an ambulance Thursday and dropped 80 feet into the Oklahoma River was captured by authorities and identified as someone wanted on a robbery charge in Colorado.

...police first responded to reports that a man had been hit by a car in the parking lot of Walmart in the 5500 block of Tinker Diagonal.

An ambulance from Midwest Regional Medical Center responded and was transporting the man to OU Medical Center when the incident at the bridge occurred.

Larry Terry, director of Midwest Regional Emergency Medical Services, said the patient assaulted a paramedic while en route.

The paramedic was not seriously injured, but in response to the disturbance the driver of the ambulance stopped in the westbound lanes of the I-40 bridge.

Paramedics and police, who were following the ambulance, then saw the patient (Eugene David Overton) exit the vehicle, lower himself from the edge of the bridge and drop 80 feet into the water.

He then swam to the shoreline and ran off.

The average depth of the Oklahoma River is 7 or 8 feet.

Jumping 80 feet and taking your chances that you are going to hit a deep spot?

Wow, that is spinning the roulette wheel with your life.

I think it is safe to say Mr. "Extreme Cannonballer" Overton now has less than nine lives.

32 comments:

A Doc 2 Be said...

But he WILL have a Darwin Award nomination!

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Ok was not expecting "He then swam to the shoreline and ran off" Jeez!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Doochebag.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Slamdunk .. spinning the roulette wheel of life - no thank you .. if those are the choices! The thought is not too funny .. Hilary

Hilary said...

Ya gotta wonder about some people.

Miranda Hardy said...

He must have figured taking a chance like that was better than the alternative. Crazy!

Theresa Milstein said...

WoW! If the man's a criminal, he's already used to being extreme. Guess he'd rather be free and dead than caught and alive. He's like Thelma and Louise. Sort of.

Zuzana said...

I guess he was not the smartest man.;) But dumb people usually survive on good luck.;)
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Pat Hatt said...

Wow he had the horseshoe up his behind on that one. Guess he really wanted to pull "The Fugitive" and get Tommy Lee Jones after him..haha

Little Ms. Fun said...

Fear makes you do silly things! All he was thinking about was dropping the soap in jail...I guess he figured he'd take his chances with the cannon ball!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Yikes!

Clarissa Draper said...

What an idiot! Obviously he isn't right in the head.

Matthew MacNish said...

He must have had three strikes, because I can't see a robbery bid being worth all this.

Bossy Betty said...

Hummm...I think I know him--or at least one of his relatives.

Michael Offutt said...

The man did not want to get caught. People in this state of mind aren't thinking things through. He just got lucky.

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ladyfi said...

Oh my - what an idiotic thing to do!

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

That is insane LOL! Some people's children :)

julie fedderson said...

Hospital bills are outrageous enough to make people want to jump off bridges, I guess.

Zen-Chakra said...

Holy cow. 7 feet? I don't think so. I jumped off of a bridge and the water was 12ft and I still cracked my tail bone and touched the soot river bed.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i guess being hit by a car didn't damage him that much if he was able to put up a fight, jump off a bridge and swim to safety

Brian Miller said...

holy crap dude...what an idiot...i guess he got away for a bit...now they need to get him a psych eval...

Diane said...

Nobody thought to fire a warning shot???? Bummer. :O)

joanny said...

The epitome of the "Great Escape Artist",,, Hollywood script writers and trashy newspapers will have fun with this one.

joanny

terri said...

Proof that adrenaline can allow someone to do things their body couldn't normally handle.

WomanHonorThyself said...

wow ..was he daring or just plain stupid?..lol

JJ.in.Phila said...

Less than nine lives and probably more than nine live years. :)

Maxi said...

Sounds like Overton had nothing to lose.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
He seems like the kind of guy that would play Russian Roulette with an AUTOMATIC, too...
(not the brightest crayon in the box).

Stay safe.

Lisa said...

Desperate people (and fugitives) do desperate things! Crazy.

Kimi said...

Guess that's what happens when your mind is in panic mode; one doesn't think rationally and does any and everything to not get caught. On one side I'm glad the robber made it and is okay, but on the other hand, I hope he's caught so the cops can ask, "Was it worth doing all that for?"

Wendster said...

Wow. He must have REALLY feared being found out for his crime to take a chance like that!

Or ... maybe just not so bright.

Eight feet. Holy cow.