Man jumps off four-storeyed building to avoid arrest

June 22nd, 2009 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), June 22 (EFE) A man broke a leg and suffered facial injuries when he jumped out of the fourth floor of a building to avoid being arrested on drug charges in the Dominican Republic, an official said.
David Ortiz Taveras sold drugs out of the building from where he jumped Saturday, drug enforcement agency spokesman Roberto Lebron said. He added that the suspect landed on the roof of a shack.

The 23-year-old drug dealer lived on the third floor of the building and ran up to the roof when he saw drug enforcement agents arrive to search his apartment.

Ortiz Taveras’s decision to jump to avoid arrest “nearly cost him his life”, Lebron said.

“The suspect jumped to avoid getting captured, but his effort was in vain,” he said.

Ortiz Taveras was arrested and taken to a hospital, where he is under guard.

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