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Death Wish? Inmate jumps out of fast moving van

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County inmate apparently tried to commit suicide Thursday by jumping out of a fast moving prisoner van onto Interstate 59 between Ellisville and Laurel.

Charles Birch is listed in serious condition at South Central Regional Medical Center. 

Sheriff Alex Hodge said Birch was being housed at the work center working off old fines. He and a transport driver had just left Justice Court when Birch was served with additional papers. 

Hodge said Birch reportedly told the driver of the transport van that life was not worth living anymore and jumped from the backdoor of the van. The driver said she was traveling about 60 mph at the time. 

Hodge said he doesn't know how Birch got the backdoor open. Birch was still wearing his shackles and chains when he jumped.

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