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.