Tuesday Jan 25 2011
Abandoned military man survives 90-mph fall
By: Lien Hoang
Police investigate role of alcohol
A military man remained in serious condition Friday at a Roseville hospital after falling out of a car driving close to 90 miles per hour Jan. 22. California Highway Patrol said Eddie Spalding, Jr., whose residence was listed as Beale Air Force Base, didn’t look like he’d survive the fall on Highway 65 near Galleria Boulevard. The driver, Jonathan Bardley, has been charged with felony DUI, felony hit and run and felony reckless driving, said Dave Martinez of the CHP Friday. Bardley is a colleague at the base who reportedly abandoned Spalding and turned himself in within 24 hours. It is unclear how long Spalding, 21, lay on the road before Chelsey Briggs came along. She said she was in the passenger seat as her husband drove them home to the Bay Area from Thunder Valley Casino around 2 a.m. Saturday. “Body!” she screamed when she saw Spalding. Her husband swerved, nearly hitting the stranger. The Briggses found Spalding lying in a puddle of blood, with a gaping hole on the left side of his head and his right eye swollen shut. Chelsey Briggs said she called police and chatted with Spalding as he slipped in and out of consciousness. “I couldn’t believe nobody else stopped,” she told the Press Tribune Tuesday, a half hour after talking to Spalding, who is at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. “That just breaks my heart.” She said her new friend remembers nothing about the night, but smelled of alcohol at the time. Police are investigating the role of alcohol in the incident and the cause of Spalding’s ejection from the car. Lien Hoang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.