Man Impaled on Apartment Pool Fence

by ARLnow.com July 2, 2012 at 11:00 am 12,849 101 Comments

A man had his lower leg impaled on the fence surrounding an apartment complex’s pool late last night (Sunday).

The incident happened between 11:30 p.m. and midnight at the Wellington apartment complex, at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Scott Street. The 29-year-old Arlington resident was was at the pool after hours and was under the influence of alcohol when he attempted to climb back over the fence, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The man slipped, fell, and was impaled on the fence through the left calf area.

Two people — a man and a woman — were with the man at the time and attempted to help him. The male friend of the victim helped to lift him and keep him from dangling upside down.

Police and firefighters arrived on scene with heavy technical rescue gear. Firefighters cut off sections of the fence and eventually were able to lower the victim down to a stretcher, with a piece of fence still attached to his leg. The victim was transported to the trauma center at Inova Fairfax hospital.

Sternbeck said no trespassing charges were filed because police were unable to get in touch with the apartment’s management company.


  • Justin

    Only in South Arlington.

    • Rick

      Or Norfolk. ODU banned people from “riding” the monarch statue, for among other reasons, people would fall off and impale themselves on the water feature surrounding it. And having bearing witness to such an impaling, it’s a good rule.

      • Grammah Hammah

        You mean “having borne witness.” S’OK–storm grammar happens to the best of we.

        • drax

          What do you expect from an ODU grad.

          (Sorry, Rick, but I had to take that shot, no matter what college was involved).

          • Rick

            No worries. I didn’t go there!

          • drax

            Oh, in that case, what do you expect from a grad of whatever school you graduated from.

          • neutrino

            *of whatever school from which you graduated.

        • Rick

          My brain is melting

    • Becoming indifferent

      There’s plenty of morons in North Arlington, too.

      • P. Monroe

        Why stop there? You’re far too kind. Stupidity is a worldwide thing.

    • d’man


  • ChrisS

    “Here, hold my beer…..”

  • Chris B

    “police were unable to get in touch with the apartment’s management company”.

    Great management company.

    • Teyo

      One of the reasons I moved out of that place.

      (Not the impaled people, the management company)

    • drax

      Phones are out for alot of customers after the storm, people. Could be that.

    • Eric

      Dittmar manages this property, too?

      • AL


    • Id

      They were drinking — Sunday Funday.

  • TMP

    Serves him right. Hopefully “…no trespassing charges were filed because police were unable to get in touch with the apartment’s management company.” means that they’ll call back this morning when the management office is open and file charges?

    • neutrino

      Bitter much?

    • Carmen

      I think the pain he will be experiencing for a while should be enough punishment.

  • South Awwlington


    • Dude Where’s My Car

      he will live and have offspring. WHERE IS YOUR DARWIN NOW??? 😉

      • drax

        Yep, that was definitely a case of God saying “I created you, and then I reminded you of how completely f’ing stupid you are by impaling you on a fence.”

        • Dude Where’s My Car

          lol. like we NEED reminders. 😀

      • South Awwlington

        Maybe he slammed down some reproductive organs on the way to meet that fence. We won’t know…for awhile.

        • SomeGuy

          If he’s booked by police for trespassing, we might get his name and his mugshot so we can add insult to his injury. As if he hasn’t been skewered enough…

  • CrystalMikey

    Darwin award.

  • Junior

    29 seems a little old to be learning these types of lessons. But better late than never, I guess.

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    I think the Wellington (pretentious new name for this building) has been dark since Friday night. Most likely he was just crazed by the heat and tried to get some relief.

    • South Awwlington

      P St Beach doesn’t have fences…

      • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

        I was talking about relief from the heat not what you were thinking.

        • John K.

          Rock Creek is right there. I’m sure that’s why there’s such a crowd at night (do guys still actually go there now that we have that internet thing on the smartphones?)…

          • Grindr

            Do you mean me?

          • Scruff


          • Blendr

            Don’t forget me…for the straights who are always behind the curve.

          • PStreetr

            Yeah. Um, no.

          • behind the curve straight guy

            Blendr? I like frozen margaritas, can I come to your beach party too guys?

          • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

            GET OUT! Anderson Cooper is gay?!?

          • South Awwlington

            As if she needed Andrew Sullivan to run that up the flag for her!

      • WeiQiang

        out of the blue comes a winner!

        • South Awwlington


          • Id

            Tiger blood!

      • AL

        I live in this complex, we have had power since Saturday at around 5PM. This was a whole day later. No excuses!

    • Tabs

      Showers are working.

  • Vlad Dracula

    “He make me proud… but next time, impale enemy, not self!”

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      Pointy end goes AWAY from you?

      Vlad, in the Old Country, he would have been left hanging as a warning!

  • JohnB2

    Cooool! Don’t see that very often.

  • wow.

  • HollaArl

    Self Inflicted Hole in Leg = Buzz Kill

  • nom de guerre

    Rare beef Wellington fence kabob marinated in chlorine and infused with alcohol.

    • South Awwlington


    • South Awwlington

      Slurp: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

    • Pentagonian

      Since he impaled his calf, does that make it veal?

      • Tabs

        Not bad.

        • End Times Prepper

          Yea, the sacrifice of a fatted calf is a sign that Armageddon is upon us!

      • Id

        No, a Jeffery Dahmer Kabob.

  • CW

    “What have you been up to lately?”

    “Oh, just hangin’ out by the pool…”

    • Greg


  • rick

    So how does the hospital check to see if he has medicial insurance or paid the “Penalty” before getting treated?

    • WeiQiang

      It’s Fairfax INOVA … immigration status first, than transvaginal ultrasound, THEN confirm whether he has paid his healthcare tax.

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        [looks up from ultrasound display] “This man has no vagina!”

      • YoBimbo


  • Dr_Klahn

    It’s hard climbing over those fences when you’re carrying a suitcase.

    • WeiQiang

      I think the suitcase was done at the time of the incident. Just sayin’.

      • Dr_Klahn

        Well, yeah, but if you still have some left it’s even harder when you’re trying to take the rest to the afterparty – it’s unbalanced.

        • WeiQiang

          extra sad when a dude doesn’t have enough bro’s to kill the suitcase

  • arlingtony

    And the Republicans think a fence can protect our borders?

    • brian

      impale them all!

    • Id

      No, AR-15s. Oh, I forgot, Holder was arming Mexico with them.

      • St Just

        Holder was? I’m sure he knew all about the operation before it happened…

        Just like I’m sure Bush’s Attorney General knew about the same exact operation when ATF was doing it in 2006-7

    • Always Right

      Hope he has to pay for the fence.

  • behind the curve not-straight guy

    Okay… P St. Beach, 30 feet into the woods on the left, lower trail – 1:30am

    • behind the curve not-straight guy

      dammit – that was to the P St. thread above… I wonder if AOL will let me fix that…

    • behind the curve straight guy

      That’s okay, I found it. Sounds like fun! Should I bring towels? What about my girlfriend, can she come too?

      • Larry Flynt

        All may park, all must pay.

        • Id

          So the Darlek say.

      • behind the curve not-straight guy

        You might want to bring a small handtowel and some Rush air freshener. I don’t know your girlfriend, but she most likely would prefer to hang out at home for this one.

        • behind the curve straight guy

          Okay, just you and me – we can be buddies! Maybe shoot some hoops and hang out on this beach of yours. Will you bring some lotion? Some guy just told me you need lots of lotion on P St. Beach. The sun must be strong there.

  • B

    I hope this was the douche I saw urinating on the Eamon’s wall at Penrose at 2pm on a Saturday while his other bros “guarded” him with their 12 pack of Miller.

    • John K.

      That’s the kind of class I look forward to with Columbia Pike’s revitalization. That’s VIBRANT!

      • confused

        it will be a 12 pack of sam adams after the street car is built

  • Arlington cat

    Did his breath smell of garlic?

    • RJ

      No booze

  • alex1138

    It was a great dive, he just misunderstood what his coach meant by “stick the landing”

  • Matt

    Darwin award candidate.

    • neutrino

      You should brush up on the criteria for receiving a Darwin Award.

  • Tre

    Am I the only one that got queasy from thinking about this?

    • brian

      that’s a clown question, bro

    • alex1138

      I’m not sure if I get queasy or not. I guess I’m on the fence about it…. Thank you, I’ll be here all night, I have no power and it brings out the worst most lousy humor in me!!!

  • drax

    You can tell this guy isn’t a Republican or Democrat. He’s on the fence.

  • Mack

    Desperado… why don’t you come to your senses?

  • arlbuoy

    buoooy…he is 29 and drinks, hot climate, pool at late night – I totally understand …!! i dont blame him

  • alex1138

    Before this he was hung up on a girl.

  • alex1138

    This is the closest he will come to a fencing medal.

  • SR Guy

    What did one fence in Arlington say to the other fence?

    “Let’s stick it to the man, man”

  • AL

    I walked over there yesterday. They have removed that section of fence and replaced it with caution tape. Now anyone can go in without having to hop the fence! YAY!

  • RJ

    Hang in there man. I’ll go get help!!!!

  • LW

    Who says white men don’t jump over the fence?

  • heyman

    Seriously, you go over first, if I’m not right behind we’ll meet at goodys.

  • Jason S.

    The picture’s alt text says “young man”. 29 is not young, it’s certainly old enough to know better. Ah well, I’m saddened that tax money was spent to help this moron. Leaving him there for a while would make a better example.


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