Police: Man Who Jumped Off Bridge Charged with DUI

Person who jumped from I-126 bridge, charged, now in custody

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police say a man who jumped off the bridge over the Saluda River on Interstate 126 was under the influence of narcotics.

Officers say 18-year-old Daniel McDermott will be charged with DUI.

Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, McDermott's car crashed along the bridge in the westbound lanes near the Riverbanks Zoo/Greystone Boulevard Exit. Richland County deputies  and Columbia police tell News19  McDermott then jumped down below. 

Officers eventually found him near a treeline on the banks of the Saluda. They took him into custody, then transported him to the hospital for treatment. As of Friday night, he was still hospitalized.

The incident backed up traffic on the roadway for more than an hour. A second accident that was not directly caused by McDermott's wreck also happened at that same location around the same time. 


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