Man who jumped 30ft off Sheffield bridge to escape police is suspected drug dealer

The damaged car in Attercliffe. Pic: Mike Smith
The damaged car in Attercliffe. Pic: Mike Smith

A man injured jumping 30ft off a bridge in Sheffield in a bid to escape arrest is a suspected drug dealer, police have said.

The 25-year-old, who remains in hospital, jumped off a bridge after crashing a Jeep into a wall during a police chase on Thursday.

The bridge the man is believed to have jumped from. Pic: Google Maps

The bridge the man is believed to have jumped from. Pic: Google Maps

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said the man had been arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, money laundering, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

The incident happened shortly after 10.30am on Thursday on Carwood Road in Attercliffe.

The man had failed to stop for police on Moonshine Lane around five minutes earlier - leading to a chase via Herries Road.

The car crashed into a bridge wall on Carwood Road - with the driver getting out, scaling the wall and jumping over 30ft on to President Way below.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said the man had injured himself in the escape attempt and was arrested for failing to stop for officers.

The man has been taken to the Northern General Hospital by police officers.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.