CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Police prevented a Putnam County woman from jumping from the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge in Winfield.
Officers were dispatched Monday evening to the bridge where a woman was threatening to jump into the Kanawha River, Winfield Police Chief John Perrine said in a release.
Winfield Officer Derek Milam and Perrine were first at the bridge and found the woman standing barefoot talking with another woman on the sidewalk. When officers approached, the barefoot woman took off running in the direction of W.Va. 817.
Additional officers responding to the scene were able to take her into custody, Perrine said. The woman's name was not released but she was described as a 21-year-old Winfield resident.
The other woman, an 18-year-old, told officers she was the woman's roommate. She said her roommate had become despondent over a recent breakup and started discussing suicide. Moments later, she ran shoeless from their home toward the bridge.
The roommate told police she followed and was trying to convince the woman to return home when officers arrived, Perrine said.
The chief said the woman agreed to a voluntary commitment for a health evaluation and was taken to a local hospital.
The incident caused a minor traffic snarl around the bridge Monday evening.