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Wanted Man Jumps Over Cliff While Fleeing Police

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BELLE VERNON (KDKA) — A wanted man plunged more than 25-feet over a cliff while running from police.

Quinton Martin, 25, of Monessen, was wanted on burglary charges when Southwest Regional Police pulled him over around 10 p.m. Tuesday for running a stop sign on Route 906 in Belle Vernon.

Martin took off running across the busy highway nearly causing both he and the police officer who was chasing him to be hit by a car.

The suspect jumped the guard rail thinking he was running into a wooded area, but ended up plummeting more than 25-feet over a ledge.

He broke an ankle, but didn’t stop. Police say he crawled about 60 yards from where he landed through a dark, rocky tunnel that carries a small creek under the highway.

Police found him lying in the cold water on the other side and used a rope and sled to pull him out of the rough terrain.

He was flown to Allegheny General Hospital, where he remains under police guard.

When he is released he’ll be taken to jail on additional charges including resisting arrest and escape.

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