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Local man drives over the edge


With the laser light show flashing across Grand Coulee Dam in the background, Washington State Patrol leaders shine lights on and photograph a pickup (lower right) that went over the hill at the Riley Point overlook. - Scott Hunter photo

A local man drove over a steep embankment at an overlook just below Grand Coulee Dam Friday night, surviving a 200-foot plunge down the hill.

Christopher Coffey, 32, of Electric City, was ejected from the 2000 Toyota Tundra he was driving, ending up about 25 yards from the pickup, the Washington State Patrol and local police reported.

As he headed southbound on SR-155 just before 7:30, Coffey drove uphill through two fences and an aluminum street light pole before heading over the hill to the south of the parking lot.

Witnesses at the scene told Grand Coulee Officer Joseph Higgs that the pi...

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