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Driver smashes through barrier and jumps car over rising drawbridge

Heart-stopping moment impatient driver smashes through traffic barrier and jumps car OVER gap in drawbridge as it rises

  • Incident took place on Main Street drawbridge over Halifax River in Daytona Beach, Florida, Monday morning 
  • Video shows SUV barreling through traffic arms, becoming airborne and sailing over gap in the rising bridge 
  • Police say they believe they have identified the driver 
  • Incident comes a month after motorcyclist jumped over the same drawbridge as it was going up 

Dramatic surveillance video has emerged showing a speeding vehicle crashing through traffic barriers in Florida and jumping over a drawbridge as it rises.

The bizarre incident took place just after 7.30am on Monday on the Main Street bridge in Daytona Beach.

Video released by the police shows the driver of a grey SUV, going eastbound toward the beach, smash through a traffic arm, whose purpose is to stop vehicles from getting on the bridge while it is going up.

A person driving this grey SUV eastbound toward the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Monday morning is being sought by the police  

The SUV is seen in this screenshot barreling through a traffic arm on the Main Street drawbridge

The SUV is seen in this screenshot barreling through a traffic arm on the Main Street drawbridge 

As the drawbridge rises, the SUV drives on the span over the Halifax River below

As the drawbridge rises, the SUV drives on the span over the Halifax River below 

The SUV’s windshield is smashed as it careens through the barrier, but the car keeps on going. 

Traveling at a high rate of speed, the vehicle briefly becomes airborne as it jumps over a widening gap in the drawbridge spanning the Halifax River.

The SUV lands safely on the other side and drives off into the sunrise.

The Daytona Beach police said both traffic arms had to be replaced in the wake of the incident, reported WESH2.

The speeding SUV becomes airborne as it jumps over the widening gap in the bridge as it goes up

The speeding SUV becomes airborne as it jumps over the widening gap in the bridge as it goes up 

Officials say it is both highly dangerous and illegal crossing the bridge while it is going up

Officials say it is both highly dangerous and illegal crossing the bridge while it is going up

Police say they believe they have identified the driver of the SUV, seen above driving off into the sunrise

Police say they believe they have identified the driver of the SUV, seen above driving off into the sunrise 

Investigators also said they believe they have identified the impatient driver of the SUV, but no arrests have been announced as of Thursday afternoon.

‘It’s absolutely against the law, that’s why the rails are there,’ Florida Safety Council spokesperson Bonnie Frank told Fox 51 of the motorist’s antics.

The dangerous stunt comes just one month after a motorcyclist jumped over the same drawbridge as it was rising. 

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