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ISP: Driver falls 17 feet while fleeing from traffic stop

Published: Apr. 19, 2016 at 6:35 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2016 at 6:35 PM EDT
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A woman in handcuffs who had been pulled over for a traffic violation in New Albany suffered life-threatening injuries after falling about 17-feet from an overpass while trying to escape from the arresting officer.

Indiana State Police said the incident happened just before 1 p.m. Tuesday when Trooper Nathan Abbott pulled over the driver just before she crossed the Sherman Minton Bridge on eastbound Interstate 64.

As Abbott began investigating, ISP said, he discovered a problem with the driver's license. He placed the woman in handcuffs and was preparing to put her in the front seat of his vehicle when she put one leg over the guardrail and started fleeing from Abbott.

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Police said she stumbled down a wooded and grassy area just south of the interstate, rolled over a concrete retaining wall and fell about 17 feet onto the pavement on Lafayette Street. She was to University of Louisville Hospital with critical injuries.

During a search of the suspect's vehicle, investigators found syringes and suspected heroin.

The driver's name has not been released.

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