In a daring and seemingly ill-advised stunt reminiscent of classic TV shows, a 26-year-old Michigan man was arrested on Wednesday night for attempting to jump a Detroit drawbridge in a manner reminiscent of the iconic “Dukes of Hazzard.” The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Wednesday when the Allen Park resident, behind the wheel of a Dodge sedan, decided to take a wild leap of faith while the Fort Street bascule bridge was in the process of rising.
Drawbridge operator Andre Locke, who witnessed the audacious maneuver, expressed his disbelief, stating, “I looked, I said, ‘No he ain’t.'” With sheer determination, the driver accelerated and made a daring leap, resulting in a spectacular yet destructive landing. All four tires of the vehicle were blown out, and it crashed into the opposite gate of the bridge, causing considerable damage.
Detroit police, in a humorous reference to popular TV shows, initially dispatched the incident as something straight out of “Dukes of Hazzard.” However, Locke, who had a front-row seat to the spectacle, likened it more to the comedic chaos of the 1980s classic “The Blues Brothers.”
Surprisingly, the daring driver managed to successfully clear the bridge before damaging both the safety gates and his own tires. Fortunately, he emerged from the jaw-dropping stunt unscathed, though the motivation behind his reckless act remains a mystery.
Law enforcement swiftly intervened, arresting the unidentified man in southwest Detroit on suspicion of malicious destruction of property exceeding $1,000. He was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Detroit Detention Center, where he awaits pending charges, as reported by The Detroit News.
The incident brought to mind the legendary television series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which aired from 1979 to 1985 and was set in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia. The show followed the adventures of two cousins, Luke and Bo Duke, whose iconic vehicle, the General Lee, became synonymous with daring stunts. In the show’s memorable opening credits, the General Lee famously soared over police vehicles, leaving an indelible mark on pop culture.