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Man Drives Car Off Cliff, Survives, Fights Rescuers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A California man drove his car off a 40-foot cliff and into a cove in San Diego and survived. He was transported to a hospital by helicopter, the San Diego Fire Rescue Department told ABC News.

It appeared that the man only sustained minor injuries, said Maurice Leque, the Public Information Officer for the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.

Authorities have not released the man’s name, so ABC News was unable to obtain the current status and severity of his injuries from the hospital.

Leque said the department received multiple calls at 5:45 a.m. Monday morning that a car had gone off a cliff and into the beach. The department immediately dispatched medics to go to the beach and assess the situation.

Leque said the man exhibited unexpected behavior with would-be rescuers.

“He was combative, he wanted to fight with our crews, he wanted to be left alone,” said Leque. “He was not cooperating.”

He calmed after the medics restrained him, and they were able to transport him to the hospital.

The San Diego Police Department said it will not know if the man was inebriated until his bloodwork comes back, which is expected to happen within the next 48 hours.

The San Diego Police Department is conducting an investigation into the incident.


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