A Michigan daredevil launched his car over a rising drawbridge “Dukes of Hazzard”-style while he was allegedly high on whippets, according to reports.
Miguel Gomez, 26, of Allen Park, was busted on new charges Monday for pulling the wild stunt on the Fort Street bridge in Detroit, The Detroit News reported.
Police said Gomez was waiting to cross the bridge just as it was opening up around 7 p.m. Wednesday, stepped on the gas and accelerated the car through the security gate and into the air to the other side.
“It was actually like the ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’ He made it across,” said a police dispatcher, comparing the scene to the 1970s television show in which a Dodge Charger would often take flying leaps to escape from law enforcement, according to news station WDIV-TV.
Drawbridge operator Andre Locke said the bizarre scene was a “first” for him.
“I looked, I said, ‘No he ain’t,’” Locke told the outlet. “Over he went, blew out all four of his tires, and then he crashed into the other gate.”
Gomez survived the dangerous stunt, but he wrecked his car, damaged the bridge and ended up in jail.
He was suspected of being under the influence of whippets, cans of nitrous oxide which were found inside his car, WDIV-TV reported.
Gomez faces charges including malicious destruction of property and reckless driving for taking the terrifying leap, The Detroit News reported.
“These pandemic times have seemingly brought out the worst in many Michigan drivers,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, the newspaper reported.
“The rules of the road the same and there is no place for drivers who refuse to follow them and instead try alleged stunts like this.”
If convicted, Gomez faces up to five years in prison and could pay a fine of $10,000 or up to three times the amount of the damage he caused to the bridge, the outlet reported.