She jumped 70 feet in to freezing cold water but excellent police work eventually lead to her capture.
Erlynn Sanchez-Edwards was so desperate to evade the police that she jumped off of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Alas, after four weeks on the lam, she has been arrested in Oakland.
Sanchez-Edwards is currently booked at Santa Rita Jail on charges of car theft, receipt of a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run causing injury, resisting arrest and driving under the influence.
On August 12, Sanchez-Edwards sprung from the car as she was trying to escape capture by the police. She climbed over the guardrail and jumped off the bridge into the cold water below.
Being that her fall was only 70 feet, her chances of surviving were relatively high. The nearby Golden Gate Bridge, which is 250 feet high, has only a one percent survival rate for jumpers.
The California Highway Patrol said that they learned of Sanchez-Edwards survival when a witnesses said that they saw a woman emerge from the water. In addition, a truck driver admitted to picking up a woman wearing wet clothes around the time of the incident.
“I commend the CHP officers and investigators from throughout the Bay Area who performed excellent police work identifying witnesses, investigating leads, and getting the word out,” said CHP Captain Christopher Sherry.