- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

FALKVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man threatened to jump off a bridge on Interstate 65 in Alabama and later leaped from an ambulance.

AL.com reports 37-year-old Joseph Matthew Russell was charged with disorderly conduct Tuesday.

Falkville police Sgt. Aaron Burgess says a deputy was patrolling the bridge when he saw a man’s head appear. Burgess says the deputy then saw the man standing on the edge of the bridge. Another deputy, who was familiar with Russell, arrived on the scene and convinced him to surrender.

Authorities say Russell briefly escaped from an ambulance that was going to Decatur Morgan Hospital’s psychiatric unit.

It’s unclear if Russell has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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