The decision to run from city police officers turned out to be a bad one for a Louisville man, who ended up in the hospital after falling off a 25 ft. cliff.
Officers Josh Brockman and Johnnie Dial responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle near Green Hills Road after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Brockman said when they approached the vehicle they could smell marijuana and asked the three occupants, two females and one male, to exit the vehicle.
Officers had called in identification information to dispatch and began receiving a message of several outstanding warrants on the male. The male then took off running, according to Brockman.
The suspect ran through a field, then a yard and ran into a wooded area. Officers followed him and quickly realized the suspect had fallen down a steep cliff and was seriously wounded.
The Adair County Ambulance Service was called to the scene along with available personnel from several agencies to help retrieve the suspect. After over an hour the man was lifted up the embankment and transported to an awaiting ambulance.
The suspect, identified as Dale Shibley, 29, of Louisville, was taken to T.J. Health Columbia then airlifted to University of Louisville. He and two females face multiple charges, including drug-related charges after several items were found.
Officer Brockman sustained a knee injury during the chase and received medical care following the incident.