A man attempting to climb a security fence around the Fort Lauderdale Police station was impaled on a spike at the top of the 10-foot-high wrought-iron fence, according to fire officials.
The crew of Engine Company 2 was refueling their truck at 1400 West Broward Sunday when they heard a scream from the other side of the fire engine.
Crews found a young man on top of the fence with a 14-inch spike through his midsection.
The man, Shanard Neely, told police that he just smoked synthetic street drug Flakka, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
Complicating the matter: He fell at the automated entrance gate which can be activated with a key or by a car.
A Fort Lauderdale police officer quickly put his handcuffs around the gate so it wouldn't open.
“That was a smart move by the police officer,” Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Heiser, saying if the gate opened, it would have made the injuries far more severe if not fatal.
Fort Lauderdale’s Technical Rescue Team used specialized tools to extricate the man from the fence. He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center's trauma room where the rest of the fence was removed.
Officials told the station it was a daring rescue.
“It could have went in and he could have bled out and it could have been really bad,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Tactical Response Lt. Rick Pardo said. “He was definitely lucky.”