Police: Evansville teen arrested for jumping off bridge into Rock River

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Gazette staff
Saturday, June 11, 2011
— An Evansville teenager landed in hot water after getting arrested for jumping off a bridge into the Rock River.

Andrew Jones, 17, was ticketed Friday for disorderly conduct on suspicion he jumped from the Four Mile Bridge on Highway 14 north of Janesville, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Jones and his friends were seeking trills and videotaped his jump, the sheriff’s office reported.

After receiving a call about the jumper at 2:38 p.m. Thursday, rescuers combed the river northwest of Janesville for six hours in search of a possible drowning victim, unsure if he had died. Two witnesses reported seeing the jumper.

At 8 a.m. Friday, investigators received a tip from a caller that the jumper was alive and well.

Jones and three others organized the jump, the sheriff’s office reported.

The sheriff’s office, in conjunction with the corporation counsel, will determine if the county should pursue restitution for rescue costs.

Last updated: 5:40 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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