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Point Higgins School light pole hit, damaged

Alaska State Troopers are looking for the driver who was “spinning brodies” in the dirt parking lot at Point Higgins Elementary School, lost control and hit a light pole.

On Thursday afternoon, Troopers reported that the light fixture at the top of the pole was knocked off, fell to the ground and was destroyed. Troopers are asking the public for any information about the incident.

“Spinning brodies” is a maneuver where the driver attempts to spin the car, creating circular skid marks in the snow, ice or, in this case, dirt. The term is derived from Steve Brodie, who in 1886 jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge to win a bet, and survived. “Taking a brodie” originally meant to leap or fall in a dramatic way.

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