Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Deputies arrest man who leapt from Belleair Causeway Bridge

Deputies have arrested the man who spent nearly 24 hours on the run after jumping off the Belleair Causeway Bridge on Tuesday.

Robert Tebow, 34, was found in South Pasadena late Wednesday.

Tebow had been stopped for speeding around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. While a deputy checked his license and registration in his cruiser, Tebow darted from the Dodge Durango he was driving and vaulted over the bridge railing.

Jail records show Tebow has an outstanding warrant in Douglas County, Georgia, related to a charge for selling methamphetamine, as well as an outstanding Pinellas County warrant for boating under the influence.

A manhunt that included a boat and helicopter and units from Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Coast Guard couldn't locate Tebow immediately after the jump.

Tebow is charged with fleeing police, providing a false name to officers and driving with a suspended or revoked license, a felony. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday morning.

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