A motorcyclist caught driving with a suspended license at the Bronx-side entrance to the Throgs Neck Bridge decided to jump rather than face arrest yesterday. Rocky Sanchez, 43, has had his license suspended 17 times, and when MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officer Charles Luce pulled him over by the toll plaza, Sanchez wasn't about to go down without a fight. First he sped away from Luce, then abandoned his motorcycle, ran across six lanes of traffic, climbed over the wall and jumped about 30 feet!
And he would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for that meddling Luce. Sanchez landed in shallow water—fortunately for him, the tide was high, or he would have landed on the rocky shoreline—and Luce, a regular John McClane, gave chase. He apprehended Sanchez in the water, and arrested him for driving with a suspended license, obstruction and resisting arrest. Sanchez was then taken to Jacobi Hospital suffering from hypothermia. One cop tells the Post, "[Officer Luce] scaled the wall and dropped about 10 feet into calf-high water. It was very heroic."