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Man Drives Car Over 40-Foot Cliff, Miraculously Walks Away

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A man is lucky to be alive after driving his car off a 40-foot oceanside cliff in San Diego.

Maurice Luque, the Public Information Officer for the San Diego Fire Rescue Department. told ABC News that the department received multiple calls at 5:45 a.m. this morning that a car had gone off a cliff and into the beach near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Osprey Street.

According to NBC News, which puts the cliff's height at 50 feet, the man actually walked away from the crash and into the water, since he'd landed right in the incoming tide.

The department immediately dispatched medics to the scene. According to NBC, San Diego Fire-Rescue put two lifeguard swimmers into the water while they set up a rope system to lower a paramedic down to the beach.

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When they reached the driver, he was conscious but non-cooperative. "He was combative, he wanted to fight with our crews, he wanted to be left alone," said Luque. "He was not cooperating."

The medics had to restrain him, after which he calmed down, Luque said. He was then
transported to a hospital by helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries.

Intoxication would certainly explain the crash and his behavior, and the San Diego Police Department will have his bloodwork back within 48 hours, which will prove if drinking was the cause of the accident, ABC News reports.

A witness who called 911 said the gate in the parking area above had been snapped off and was wide open, NBC News reports, which means the man might have crashed through the gate as well. Since the car suffered rear-end damage, it apparently went over the cliff backwards. News crews filmed it being towed back up the cliff.

The San Diego Police Department is conducting an investigation. No charges have been filed at this point.

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