Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- A Lawrenceville man is expected to survive a 23-foot plunge into rush hour interstate traffic that was witnessed by a Gwinnett police officer Monday.
Gwinnett police officer RS Choate spotted the man with a bicycle on the Pleasant Hill Road bridge over southbound lanes of Interstate 85 -- a hotspot for non-permitted solicitors, according to a police report.
The officer watched the man -- later identified as Valentine Vicente, 21 -- lean the bicycle against a guardrail and go calmly over it, one leg at a time, at about 5:40 p.m. Choate looked over the ledge to see Vicente "convulsing and shaking" in a middle lane, then whipped a police cruiser onto the interstate to block traffic and render aid, the report states.
Still on the road, Vicente opened his eyes and began moaning. Asked by the officer if he intended to harm himself, he replied, "No, no mas," the report states.
Vicente was not struck by a vehicle. The incident shut down four lanes of interstate traffic during an investigation.
Vicente was hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening, the report states.
The bicycle, a baseball cap and an article of clothing left on the bridge were taken into custody.