Christopher Lee Porterfield, who jumped from four-story parking deck, recovers at Athens hospital

ATHENS, GA. — Police say a 22-year-old man who leaped from the top of a parking deck in Athens and plunged four stories during a foot chase with police is expected to survive.

Athens-Clarke County police say Christopher Lee Por­ter­field, of Danielsville, jumped out of the Classic Center parking deck, struck a concrete retaining wall and landed on a ground-floor patio Thursday morning. He was taken to Athens Regional Medical Cen­ter. Police said his injuries weren’t life-threatening.

An officer began following the man’s car shortly after 5 a.m. Authorities say he entered the deck and sped to its highest level, got out and jumped from a ledge. Police said an officer tried to grab him but failed.


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