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Police: Man on meth fell off cliff, rescued

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Newport police said a man severely intoxicated on methamphetamine refused help from emergency crews and fell off a cliff near the ocean.

It happened Wednesday morning near a hotel on Southwest Elizabeth Street. A maintenance supervisor discovered Robert Bauman, 24, of Newport, inside a locked storage closet.

Police said Bauman ran away and jumped over the fence toward the ocean. He was on a cliff when officers arrived.

Police said they told him to stay where he was, but he refused. They tossed him a rescue rope, but he again refused to grab it and fell off the cliff.

A police sergeant was on the beach below and was able to get to Bauman before firefighters arrived. The sergeant said he did not appear seriously injured as he fell into heavy brush.

Emergency crews stabilized Bauman and rescued him from the cliff. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the fall, as well as severe methamphetamine intoxication, according to police.

He faces charges of parole violation and criminal trespass once released from the hospital.

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