JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The coroner says a Pennsylvania suspect who escaped from a hospital then fell off a bridge and died was extremely drunk in ruling his death an accident.
Conemaugh Township police arrested 44-year-old Jason Maldet after arguing with a neighbor Monday night. They took the Holsopple man to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for an unspecified medical issue, which is when Maldet escaped.
A Johnstown police officer saw Maldet near a bridge over the Stonycreek River and tried to stop him by firing a stun gun. But authorities say Maldet climbed over a guard rail, and through some woods toward a steep ledge before falling onto the rocky riverbank 24 feet below.
The Cambria County coroner says Maldet died of head injuries and had a blood-alcohol content three times the limit considered legally intoxicated.