DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Town of Poughkeepsie police officer managed to save the life of a suicidal 19-year-old resident set on hurting herself on Tuesday.
The incident began around 7:30 a.m. when the department received a call to a private residence for a reported suicidal 19-year-old female. When officers arrived, they found the teen face down and unresponsive, said Capt. Kenneth Roman.
Arlington Fire Department along with Mobile Life responded and transported the teen to MidHudson Regional Hospital, he added.
A short while later the female fled the hospital on foot. An officer located her a short distance from the hospital, where she refused to stop, Roman said.
As the girl ran away, the officer chased her as she entered the staircase onto the Walkway Over the Hudson. The officer continued to chase the young woman onto the walkway and as he approached closer, she attempted to climb the railing over the walkway, Roman added.
Just as she had one leg over the railing, the officer was able to grab her and prevent her from jumping. With the help of a Town of Lloyd Police sergeant, the officer was able to restrain the teen until she could be returned to the hospital, police said.
The officer sustained a minor injury and was treated and released at the hospital.