Minn. man jumps off balcony to avoid urine test

Published 11:16am Thursday, January 17, 2013

HASTINGS — Authorities say a defendant jumped off a second-floor balcony inside the Dakota County Courthouse to avoid taking a urine test.

The 22-year-old Hastings man bolted from a deputy, jumped off the balcony and landed on his face Wednesday.

The man had pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor theft. Chief Deputy Tim Leslie said the judge had ordered the man to undergo urinalysis to test for drug or alcohol use.

After a deputy escorted the man upstairs for testing, he ran away and jumped off the balcony. He landed on the first floor in a children’s play area. The area was empty and no one else was hurt.

The man was taken to a hospital with a broken arm, bruises and a possible broken bone in his face.