**Updated** Young woman flees police custody, jumps from Cape Breton hospital roof

**Updated at 3:40 p.m.**

The province's police watchdog is investigating after a woman arrested by Cape Breton Regional Police sustained serious injuries, including broken legs.

The Serious Incident Response Team initially said officers responded to a call from concerned family members about a female threating to jump off an overpass on Highway 105 in Inverness County.

A correction was issued Wednesday afternoon saying the woman had instead threatened to run into oncoming traffic at Exit 4 in Frenchvale on Highway 125.

When police arrived on scene, they noted the woman was confused and incoherent, so they made the call to arrest her under provisions of the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. 

She was taken to hospital for assessment, but managed to get away from officers, jumping over a pony wall and landing on the roof below.

According to the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT), the woman then regained her balance and continued running, until she came to the edge of the roof.

That's when the woman jumped, resulting in broken legs and two compressed discs.

Due to the serious nature of her injuries, the Cape Breton Regional Police referred the matter to SiRT, which is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia.