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Why Did She Jump Off Bridge? She Was 'Very Drunk': Cops

'She just likes swimming'
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2018 2:34 PM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2018 2:40 PM CDT
A bridge.   (Getty Images / DeborahMaxemow)

(Newser) – After she allegedly did some drinking on Sunday night, things went south for Brooke North. Police say the 39-year-old from Ocean Pines, Md., jumped off a drawbridge in nearby Ocean City, washed up on the rocks (where she said she stayed for several hours), and then staggered around a gravel parking lot in a bikini until police arrived, the Salisbury Daily Times reports. About 9:20pm, Ocean City police went to the Route 50 bridge after reports that a woman had jumped off into the water below, according to court documents obtained by the Times. The Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police, and state police were also dispatched, but an hours-long search that included a boat and a helicopter failed to locate anyone in the water.

A couple hours later, passers-by called police about a woman in a bikini—who turned out to be North, per police—stumbling and falling down in a parking lot. She told the responding officer that she was "very drunk" and that she had been in an argument while walking over the bridge. Since, according to court documents, "she just likes swimming and wanted to get away," North decided to take an impromptu dip in the bay. While talking to officers on the scene, police say North screamed at passing cars and the officers. Now she faces charges of disorderly conduct and causing a public disturbance while intoxicated, according to the Dispatch. North posted $5,000 bail, the AP reports. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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