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Trooper Tackles Woman, Preventing Her Threat to Jump from Interstate 5 Boone Bridge south of Wilsonville

February 16, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

An adult female taken into custody Sunday afternoon after acting erratically and appearing ready to jump from the Interstate 5 Boone Bridge over the Willamette River south of Wilsonville is being held for a mental evaluation at a Portland-area hospital.

On February 16, 2014 at approximately 4:09 p.m., reports began coming in of a woman acting erratically in the area of the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Boone Bridge. Traffic was briefly closed after Trooper Jamison Goetz arrived about 20 minutes later and reportedly encountered the woman who appeared reading herself to jump off the bridge into the Willamette River. The trooper attempted to talk to the woman for a couple minutes.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., the woman had reportedly ran toward the northbound lanes and was tackled by Trooper Goetz. With help of other officers, the 47-year old woman was taken into custody. She was transported to Oregon Health & Science University on a police mental hold.

The freeway was temporarily closed until she was taken into custody.

Officers saw the woman drop either a bag or unknown wrapped object off the bridge into the river. A boat patrol checked the area to see if the bag or unknown object could be found to verify what it may contain. At this time, it is not known if anything was found.


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