CHP cruiser
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A woman was pulled to safety by a California Highway Patrol officer as she was threatening to jump to her death from an overpass at the junction of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways in Pasadena Friday.

The drama began a few minutes after 8 a.m., according to the CHP. The first officer arriving on the scene found a “disheveled and distraught” woman sitting on the edge of sweeping overpass that connects the westbound 210 to the freeway stub that leads to Del Mar Boulevard, above Route 134.

The woman also had a dog with her, according to the CHP.

A CHP officer, identified only as Ramstead, tried to talk the woman out of jumping to her death. The woman told the officer her father was dead and she wanted to join him, the CHP said.

Another officer then offered her water and some food. The woman let Ramstead give her the water as he continued to talk to her.

Ramstead then suggested she give some of the water to her dog. When she leaned over to give the dog water, Ramstead managed to grab her and pull her off the ledge.

The woman was then restrained and transported by Pasadena paramedics to Huntington Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation, the CHP report said.

—City News Service

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