HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 34-year-old city man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment early this morning was arrested after an attempt to flee from police ended with him plummeting to the bottom of an air shaft.

At 4:35 a.m., city police responded to the condominium complex at 960 Main Street after the caller reported that Alec Parker was on the fire escape of the building in an attempt to enter the woman’s apartment. As soon as police arrived, a foot chase ensued, and Parker fled up the fire escape and onto the roof. He then entered the building’s stairwell and forced his way into the apartment, running into the bathroom and through the window which linked to the air shaft.

After unwittingly falling down four stories to the bottom of the shaft, Parker was motionless, police said. Members of the Fire Department extracted Parker through the access door, after which he began to fight authorities when he regained consciousness.

Sign Up for Hackensack Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Parker was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation for non-life threatening injuries. Criminal complaints were signed against him for burglary and harassment.

Once released from the hospital, Parker will be remanded to Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.