Woman Miraculously Survives Plunge from San Francisco Bay Bridge After Crashing Stolen Car
08/13/2015 AT 08:50 AM EDT
The unidentified woman, who police believe was trying to avoid arrest, plunged 75 ft. from the iconic bridge into the water below on early Wednesday morning, authorities said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
She was one of three women who allegedly wrecked a stolen car on the bridge. Authorities responded to a report of a crash on the bridge and discovered the three women walking along a bicycle path near the wreckage.
One of the women, who was believed to be the driver of the stolen car, climbed on the railing after she spotted the cops and began exhibiting "erratic behavior" leading the officers to believe she was about to jump.
One officer tried to grab a hold of her to pull her back, but she "pulled out of his grip and fell into the water below," California Highway Patrol officials told the paper.
Authorities tossed a dye pack into the water with her to determine the direction of the current and began a search for her, CBS San Francisco reports. But there was no sign of her in the water.
However, later in the day witnesses reported seeing a soaking-wet woman on the north side of the bridge trying to wave down traffic.
A dump truck driver told authorities that he picked her up and dropped her off at an undisclosed location. Police are still searching for her.
"We would like to find her, obviously, most notably because we'd like to make sure that she's okay," said CHP Officer Daniel Hill.
The other two women who were with her were questioned and released after they told authorities that didn't know her well.
The car, a Nissan Maxima, was first reported stolen out of Los Angeles weeks ago.
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