A man who jumped off the Interstate I-126 bridge and into the Broad River earlier in the day remained at a Columbia hospital Friday afternoon after police charged him with driving under the influence.
Daniel McDermott, 18, was thought to be “under the influence of narcotics” at the time of the incident, the police tweeted.
The University of South Carolina directory lists a Daniel J. McDermott as a student at the College of Engineering and Computing.
McDermott jumped into the river after being involved in a single-vehicle crash, said Lt. Curtis Wilson, spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators don’t know yet why the man jumped, but he is OK, Wilson said.
The Columbia Fire Department has reported the crash took place just before 11 a.m., on the westbound lanes of I-126. Only one westbound lane remains open as officials investigate.
Wilson said the Columbia Police Department will determine if charges will be filed against the man, because the incident took place in the city’s jurisdiction.
Check back for updates to this developing story.