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Reportedly drunk teen falls off 50-foot cliff in Laguna Beach

October 31, 2011 |  1:52 pm

A teenage boy was taken to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach after falling off a 50-foot cliff early Sunday morning -– apparently after trying to avoid police officers.

Police were first called to the Aliso Creek Inn at 10:45 p.m. Saturday to break up a large party. A couple hours later, at 12:32 a.m., dispatchers received a call regarding a teenage boy who had gone missing. The 17-year-old was located prior to their arrival at the bottom of a cliff near Country Club Drive, the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reported.

Police believe the teen ran away when police arrived earlier in the night because he was heavily intoxicated and wanted to avoid officers, Lt. Jason Kravetz said. He jumped over a barrier, hoping to hide behind it, but fell and landed in the creek below.

Kravetz said the teen suffered from hypothermia and extreme alcohol intoxication.

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--Joanna Clay, Times Community News

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