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DUI suspect rescued after crashing into canyon

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Rescuers pull a DUI suspect to safety, after her car plunges down an 80 foot embankment.

It happened around midnight Tuesday near Cowles Mountain Boulevard and Rainswept Way in San Carlos. Neighbors in the area heard the crash and called 911.

Police say the woman had been drinking when she slammed into a parked car, hit a guardrail and fell into the canyon below.

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to cut the 37-year-old woman out. They cut away thick brush from the canyon to clear a path. More than a dozen rescue workers carefully lifted her out with a neck brace and back board.

"To get our firefighters down there - we have to provide safe access and to get a rope down there meantime that stabilized the rescuers as they went down and they tied it at that point," Battalion Chief Jim Gaboury with San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

She suffered only minor injuries. She is now facing DUI and hit and run charges.

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