Deputies make arrest after man injured by bridge jumper


MISSOULA, Mont. - A Missoula bridge jumper is behind bars on Sunday after police say he landed on someone in the river below, sending that the person to the hospital.

This happened Saturday night around 7:30 p.m. at Bandmann Bridge, near the Sha-Ron fishing access in East Missoula, according to the Missoula County Sheriff's Department.

Officers say the 37-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of negligent endangerment and a parole violation.

The jail roster shows that 37-year-old Charles David Ament was booked around 8:15 p.m. at the Missoula County Jail for the same charges.

Officers say the impact knocked unconscious the 27-year-old victim, who had just jumped off the bridge himself. We're told bystanders pulled him from the water. He was treated at St. Patrick Hospital for a large laceration on his head.

Ament is scheduled to appear in justice court on Monday.

Last year, a similar incident at the same bridge left a man with two broken legs.

The jumper in that case was also charged with misdemeanor negligent endangerment.