Fugitive Jumps Off Colo. Ledge, Caught By Soldiers


A man fleeing from police jumped off a 20-foot ledge, only to be captured by soldiers and truckers waiting below, Colorado Springs police said Tuesday.

The wild pursuit began at about 12 p.m. Monday when police were dispatched to the 2500 block of St. Vrain Street on a report of a possible burglary in progress.

The caller said that five suspects had loaded a big-screen television into a car and driven away, police said.

Officer Olav Chaney spotted the car carrying the TV traveling on Pikes Peak Avenue and followed it as other officers responded to the area.

When officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop of the car, one man ran off as four other people stayed in the car, police said.

Chaney chased the man, who jumped over a fence, ran down a steep embankment and leaped off a 20-foot ledge, police said.

Two Fort Carson soldiers and two truckers watching the pursuit confronted the man, detaining him until officers arrived, police said.

Oddly, an investigation revealed that the television was not stolen, only being being moved with permission, police said.

So why did the man run?

Jody Kennedy, 42, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine, police said. Kennedy suffered minor scrapes from the fall.

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