The officer continued to talk to the teenage girl to keep her focused on him instead of the ledge. He was able to learn that the girl had some personal issues and had been struggling lately. She was also not taking her prescription medications. Another concern was a speeding ticket she had received recently because she was afraid she would lose her license and job.
Deputy Palin continued to talk to the teen until State Highway Patrol Trooper Black and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective M. Lookadoo arrived to assist. Trooper Black continued talking to the girl and was able to get her off the ledge and into the roadway. She moved to the middle of the bridge and then over to where the officers were located.
She was checked by Lincoln County EMS then transported to Gaston Crisis mental health center for further evaluation.
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