An Oregon woman was caught on police dash camera ditching the stolen car she was driving and jumping off a bridge into the freezing Sandy River Wednesday.
The 26-year-old driver, Rebecca Humphries, was hospitalized with a broken back after the incident.
A Troutdale police officer ran Humphries license plate Wednesday afternoon during a routine traffic stop. He found the car she was driving was stolen. Humphries then led officers on a chase that ended at the Stark Street Bridge.
Humphries claims she didn’t know the owner had reported the car stolen and was in the process of returning it.
"I was trying to return the car to the guy to where there wouldn’t be any retaliation for me ditching it," Humphries told KATU. "And I started to get pulled over and got scared and 'fight or flight' kicked in and I jumped.”
“I looked down, but I didn't hesitate," she said. "I just jumped."
Sgt. Carey Kaer of the Troutdale Police Department says it was a potentially fatal decision.
"Really, jumping from that bridge, in itself the distance to the water is dangerous - for somebody to jump that distance," Kaer said. "And into freezing water also, I have no idea what was going through her head.”
“It hurt,” Humphries said of landing in the water. “It didn't look as far when I looked down, as it did when I looked up.”
She was booked on numerous traffic charges after she was admitted to the hospital.