NO BRAKES!!! Nederland Police say man jumps from moving truck on U.S. 69

Published 12:19 am Thursday, July 23, 2020

NEDERLAND — Jumping from a moving vehicle when the brakes go out makes for dramatic tension in a Hollywood blockbuster, but it loses some of its finesse in the real world.

A 31-year-old Port Arthur man was in that situation and received non-life threatening injuries and a citation for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

Nederland Police Chief Gary Porter said authorities received a call for service at approximately 11:52 a.m. July 15. The driver of a ¾-ton 2006 Chevrolet truck was exiting the 1600 block of South U.S. 69 when he found out his brakes weren’t working and jumped from the vehicle.

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The truck continued to move forward and struck the median between the frontage road and the highway.

The driver was taken to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas with non-life threatening injuries.

Porter said the man was issued a citation for no insurance.

The police chief advises against jumping out our your moving vehicle in situations like this. Instead, put the vehicle in neutral and coast to a stop using the emergency brake or slow down in a lower gear and use the emergency break.

“Do not jump out of your vehicle,” Porter said.