Cliff Rescue Results in Domestic Violence Arrest

Dog found in car with hazards on, woman rescued from cliffs below

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:05 PM PDT
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Cliff Rescue Results in Domestic Violence Arrest

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A woman who pulled over on Highway 101 and attempted to access the beach via the steep cliffs near the highway was rescued and cited for trespassing Thursday night.

Deputies noticed a car with its hazard lights on while patrolling the 1300 block of S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas at about 11:30 Thursday night, according to a statement from the San Diego County Sherrifs Department.

When they investigated the car, they found only a dog inside. They heard a woman crying for help from the cliffs and called out fire personnel and a helicopter to assist in rescuing her. She was taken to the hospital and treated for moderate injuries.

After rescuing the female, investigators determined that she was illegally trying to enter the beach, and cited her for trespassing on the cliffs.

It was also discovered that her male companion had violated a domestic violence restraining order, requested by the rescue victim last month. The companion was arrested.

Also during the rescue, a nearby Cardiff resident was shinning a flashlight at the helicopter. The resident was arrested for interfering with the rescue.

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