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Posted: September 6, 2013 8:54 a.m.

Man falls 4 stories from parking deck, survives

THENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old man who they say leaped from the top of the Classic Center parking deck in Athens and plunged four stories during a foot chase with police is expected to survive.

Athens-Clarke County police say Christopher Lee Porterfield of Danielsville fell four stories, struck a concrete retaining wall and landed on a ground-floor patio Thursday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports  that Porterfield was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center. Police describe his injuries as not life-threatening.

An officer began following the man's car shortly after 5 a.m. Authorities say he entered the deck and sped to its highest level, got out and jumped from a ledge. Police said Senior Officer Jimmy King reached out in an unsuccessful attempt to grab Porterfield to keep him from jumping.

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