Suicidal man tried to drive his pick-up off Humber Bridge at 100mph


A 32-year-old man who had 'had enough' tried to drive off the Humber Bridge at more than 100mph but incredibly survived.

Jonathan Dent, of Ainslie Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire was caught on CCTV on July 3 last year swerving as he crossed the suspension bridge, which goes from North Lincolnshire into East Yorkshire.

Incredibly, Dent's Mitsubishi L200 did not plunge into the water below, but instead was catapulted over the barrier separating cars from pedestrians, and landed on the footpath.

Emergency services soon arrived and cut Dent, who suffered only a broken arm, from the wreckage.

In a hearing at Grimsby Crown Court, Dent admitted dangerous driving, as the court heard how accident investigators found the Mitsubishi pick-up to be travelling at up to 104mph at the time of the crash, which left the bridge with £11,000 worth of damage and put members of the public 'at severe risk'.

He was handed a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and was disqualified from driving for three years.

When police asked him why he'd crashed, Dent reportedly replied: "I don't know, I had probably just had enough."

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Mr Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said: "He said he was at home and had been having issues with the Child Support Agency, an ex-girlfriend and his partner."

Paul Genney, defending, said: "He has never been in trouble in his life before. He has taken steps to sort out the problems that overcame him. I don't suppose the defendant gave any thought to it at the time.

'There could have been people on the walkway and there were other cars there that had to witness the incident. He wanted to kill himself, he was desperate. It opened his eyes to problems he was not aware of then and he has made steps to address that."

Recorder Bryan Cox QC said an immediate jail term for Dent over the incident was 'justified' but 'not appropriate'.