In a baffling move, a handcuffed prisoner bolted from a packed courtroom on Monday morning and threw himself over a balcony.
Christopher Rudd, 35, was sitting inside a Spanish Fort courtroom awaiting a show cause hearing “for skipping out on his rehab,” a Utah State Courts spokesman told KSTU. When all of a sudden he ran from the room and threw himself headfirst over a second-floor courthouse railing.
The 35-year-old had been in custody since April 26, after he was arrested for drug-related offenses, theft, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
Christopher Rudd, 35, was sitting inside a Spanish Fort courtroom awaiting a show cause hearing “for skipping out on his rehab,” a Utah State Courts spokesman told KSTU.
Despite a bailiff’s efforts to break his fall, Christopher Rudd crashed onto the lobby floor and began bleeding from his head.
He never lost consciousness, and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Blue Lives Matter reported.
Utah County Sergeant Lance Rudd – who noted he was not related to the inmate – said he did not believe Rudd was trying to escape custody.
“He said his intent was to harm himself,” Sgt. Rudd explained.
You can watch the handcuffed inmate dive over the Courthouse balcony footage in the video below:
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