Man jumps off 7 Mile Bridge after police chase

45-year-old man airlifted to Miami for treatment after jumping off bridge

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:01:01 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 15 2013 04:19:19 PM EST
MARATHON, Fla. -

Authorities say a man jumped from the top of the 7 Mile Bridge near Marathon after a police chase.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says callers reported seeing a car driving north in the southbound lanes of the bridge around 11 p.m. Monday.

A deputy spotted the car in Marathon a few minutes later and followed it. The driver made a u-turn and headed south. Deputies chased him at speeds reaching 90 mph.

At the top of the bridge, the driver got out of the car. The deputies approached him, ordering him to put his hands in the air.  The man then jumped into the water and began yelling for help. He was found a half mile from the bridge.

Deputies say 45-year-old Dale Darosa was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment.