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Prius Plummets Off Cliff During Pursuit Near Beach

Patrol units chased the car south to the ocean's edge where the driver plowed through a gate, lost control and went over a cliff.

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    Wild Pursuit Ends in Car Plummeting Off Cliff

    The driver of a Prius lost control of his car during a pursuit and drove off a cliff in San Pedro Monday evening, July 13, 2015. Annette Arreola reports for NBC4 News at Noon Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015)

    A man who attempted to evade police during a traffic stop was injured when he drove off a 300-foot cliff in San Pedro Monday night, authorities said.

    The driver drove to the scene of a crash in Wilmington at about 11 p.m. near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, officers from the Port of Los Angeles Police Department said. When he was ordered to stop, he kept driving and allegedly attempted to run over officials at the crash scene, they added.

    Patrol units chased the car south to the ocean's edge where the driver plowed through a gate, lost control and went over a cliff.

    Witness Manuel Castro said he was "down chillin" with people when they saw "a car come off the cliff." 

    Pursuit Ends With Man Driving Off Cliff

    Man Drives Off Cliff Trying to Evade Police
    A man fleeing from police drove off a cliff in San Pedro. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
    (Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015)

    "We peeked our heads and it was just a gray Prius and we saw the wreckage and the cops over here," he said. 

    The fire department was dispatched to rescue the man, who was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center with broken bones and bruises.

    His condition was unknown; however, officers said after his release he would be likely charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

    An officer also injured his ankle during the incident. That officer was treated at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and later released.

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