Thursday, December 29, 2005

Man Survives Mountain Plunge, Gets Arrested

Ouray, Colo. -- A Clifton man has been jailed in Montrose County for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after surviving a plunge off Red Mountain Pass with only a slight concussion.

The Colorado State Patrol says 35-year-old George O'Dell Hill was driving on U.S. 550 earlier this week when his car went over the edge of the road near Ouray and plunged more than 420 feet down a steep snow-slide chute. Trooper Don Brown says Hill apparently jumped out of the car as it went over the side.

Brown says Hill told police he fell asleep at the wheel, but investigators say it appeared Hill had been using methamphetamine. He says Hill refused drug tests.

After the crash, Hill was able to crawl back up to the roadway and was found by a state transportation worker.

The crash was almost in the same spot as a wreck in February where six people suffered only minor injuries when their van went over the side of the road and rolled several times as it plunged to the river below.



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