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Wanted parolee rescued from Spring Valley Canyon

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SPRING VALLEY (CNS) - A parolee-at-large who was arrested in a canyon in eastern San Diego County Friday had to be airlifted out due to apparent extreme drunkenness and a pre-existing foot injury, authorities reported.

Deputies and state agents were searching for the alleged parole violator when they spotted him in an open area off Jamacha and Sweetwater Springs boulevards in Spring Valley shortly before 9:30 a.m., sheriff's Sgt. Greg Hampton said.

After making contact with the man, who had failed to report to parole officials as required, the personnel decided that he could not walk out of the gorge because the trail leading out was soggy from recent rains, one of his feet was in a cast and he appeared to be "very drunk," the sergeant said.

An emergency-services helicopter was sent to the area to pick the parolee up and take him to Alvarado Hospital for an evaluation.

Initial reports that the man was wanted on a murder charge out of Texas might have been erroneous, according to sheriff's officials, who referred further inquiries to the California Division of Adult Parole Operations. The state agency was unable to provide clarification by late afternoon.

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