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Speeder threatens to leap from bridge

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A police chase in North Augusta ended Monday when the suspected decided he’d rather give himself up to police than jump from the 5th Street Bridge.

An officer monitoring traffic on U.S. Highway 1 tried to pull over James Cooper, 21, of Nancy Lane, Aiken, for speeding, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

Cooper sped up instead, making a loop from East Martintown Road to Buena Vista Avenue and back to U.S. 1, before exiting onto 5th Street Bridge.

From the South Carolina side of the river, he got out of his car, a 2000 Honda Passport, and climbed over the side of the bridge. The officer grabbed his arm and pulled him to safety, according to the report.

Cooper was arrested, handcuffed and transported to North Augusta Public Safety headquarters. Cooper told police that he was arguing with his girlfriend on the phone before the arrest, and “to punish his girlfriend,” he started driving faster in order to get arrested. According to the incident report, he threw marijuana out of the car during the chase.

Cooper is charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights and siren.

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nocnoc 03/07/13 - 08:35 am
We now have a visual

We now have a visual definition of

Stupid is as Stupid does.

Melcher65 03/08/13 - 01:05 am
Should have let him jump

now the taxpayers have to foot the bill for his stupidity

twinsta 03/15/13 - 10:53 am
Some of us need to stop and

Some of us need to stop and remember we all make mistakes in life. Some just hide their skeletons in their closet while others choose different paths. This is my son and even though I dont condone his actions by no means he is still my son whom I love very much .To the comment made as far as "shouldve let him jump" how sad this world is to have people with such harsh words towards people you dont even know. Maybe my son has been going thru some spirit crushing situations lately and just acted out to which he normally wouldnt. I can only pray you never have to experience this because it crushes my heart everyday. so when making such hurtful comments realize these people have families just like you do. so maybe we shouldnt be so quick to judge and pray with me for my son.

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