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Man Suffers Serious Injuries After Driving Vehicle Into Quarry

Last updated on Monday, December 5, 2016

(NEEDMORE) - An Indianapolis man was seriously injured after he drove his car over a cliff into the bottom in Needmore on Friday night.

Officers were alerted to a possible intoxicated driver who left the scene of an accident at 158 Amick Lane at 9:12 p.m.

The homeowner reported a male in a 1006 Chevrolet Silverado had drove through his yard and struck a portion of his back deck and left deep ruts in his yard.

A Lawrence County police officer responded and found the vehicle coming off Amick Lane and activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and drove through several grassy and wooded areas and struck several trees. The vehicle sped southbound into Hopkins Cemetery on Old Ind. 37 North across from Kentucky Hollow Road. The vehicle then traveled halfway around the circle drive in the cemetery before stopping for a short time. The vehicle then drove around the circle again and instead of turning left to exit the cemetery the vehicle went right down a slight hill into the wood line and then over a steep cliff into the quarry, dropping around 50 to 75 feet to the ground below.

Police say 61-year-old Daniel Burge had to be freed from the wreckage by Bedford Fire Department extrication units and first responders from Marshall Volunteer Fire Department.

Burge was then flown by medical helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital after suffering several fractures and other injuries.

Burge is currently facing charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and resisting arrest by fleeing.

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