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Dumped by girlfriend, drunken man jumps from moving vehicle

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Not exactly the kind of call police typically respond to over Cinco de Mayo weekend, but there's definitely something to be learned by one man's lack of judgment.

It happened just after 1 a.m. on Sunday as the man and his friend were leaving the bars on Fourth Avenue.

Police say a man in his early twenties had been drinking most of the night,consuming at least ten alcoholic drinks, when he and his friend decided to go home.

At 1:21 a.m., police were notified of a man down on Speedway near Fourth Avenue, who had reportedly fallen out of a moving vehicle.

When they arrived on scene they found the man's friend holding the injured individual's head, which was bleeding very badly.

The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive.

Upon interviewing the man's friend, the driver, he told police his friend was very upset over a girlfriend who had just broken up with him and that both had been drinking that night.

That's when police suspected the driver, too, was under the influence.  He was subsequently cited for DUI.

"The first bad judgment is the alcohol," says Tucson Police Officer BrandonTatum.  "Drinking too much, being impaired, not knowing what's going on is making a bad decision."

"The other big mistake is obviously jumping out of a moving vehicle.  You can be run over by another person, an innocent person, driving down the road being responsible, and that type of trauma can cause something that will affect that person for the rest of their life," Tatum said.

Nobody else was impacted by the strange sequence of events, though traffic in the area of Speedway and Fourth was slowed for several hours during the investigation.

According to one police report, the man didn't just open the door and fall out.  He actually jumped out the passenger window as the vehicle was traveling about 35 miles per hour.

"That's obviously somebody who's not thinking straight," Officer Tatum says. "Had he not been drinking, this is something that would have probably never happened."

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