Eastside Handcuffed Kirkland man dies after jumping off Highway 520...

Handcuffed Kirkland man dies after jumping off Highway 520 bridge


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A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence jumped off the Highway 520 bridge early Friday and died, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Kirkland man was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. on the Evergreen Point floating bridge near the west high-rise. He was put in handcuffs but resisted getting into the trooper’s car, according to the State Patrol.

The suspect then jumped off the bridge, and a trooper was unsuccessful at stopping the man from falling around 60 feet into Lake Washington, according to the State Patrol.

The Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Unit retrieved the man’s body from the lake about 2:30 a.m., and his death was confirmed at Harborview Medical Center about an hour later, according to the State Patrol.

The Seattle Police Department will complete the investigation.

“Anytime there’s an incident, we want to take a look at what can be done better,” Patrol Trooper Chase Van Cleave said.

The right lane of eastbound Highway 520 was blocked early Friday for the police investigation, but has since reopened.

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