A parolee from Natural Bridge early Saturday unsuccessfully tried to escape from police by jumping off the Mill Street bridge, while four compatriots were arrested on drug charges.
Watertown police said they responded at about 4 a.m. to the complaint that someone had just broken a window at 558 Mill St., subsequently stopped a vehicle matching the description of the alleged get-away vehicle in the 200 block of Mill Street and began interviewing passenger Logan M. Moore, 20, given that he appeared to have an injured hand.
However, Mr. Moore soon ran from police, jumped off the near side of the bridge by Napa Auto Parts and fell about 50 feet to the rocky shore below, police said.
He was rescued by Watertown firefighters and taken by Guilfoyle ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Police on Saturday night did not have an update on Mr. Moores condition but did say he was actually fortunate that he hadnt fallen in the Black River and gotten carried away by the current.
The investigation is continuing, police said, and charges are pending against Mr. Moore.
During the incident, officers also found some cocaine and methamphetamine in the vehicle, which was being driven by Larkin B. Harvey, 22, of 434 S. Massey St., Apt. 1.
Mr. Harvey and three other passengers Karen C. Tracy, 21, of 434 S. Massey St.; John P. Neddo, 39, of 618 Bronson St.; and Jeremiah L. Markwick, 24, of 44135 Lime St., Natural Bridge were all charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
They were arraigned before Watertown City Judge Eugene R. Renzi and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with bail set at $250 cash or $500 bond. Mr. Harvey and Ms. Tracy were released on bail later Saturday.
Mr. Moore in May was released to parole supervision after serving one year and four months in state prison on two counts of second-degree attempted assault and a single count of fourth-degree grand larceny through Jefferson County Court, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision web site.
In late 2010, he was also sentenced in Lewis County Court to time served in county jail, five years probation and mandatory treatment programs for mental health and substance abuse on a charge of second-degree assault. He was accused in that case of pouring dry gas on another youth and setting him on fire.