A Fish and Wildlife officer is in the hospital after he drove his car off a cliff in a remote area of Santa Maria.

Emergency crews responded to the Miranda Pine area off Highway 166 just after 5 a.m. on Saturday.

They found a Department of Fish and Wildlife vehicle 300 feet down the side of a cliff.  A 49-year-old officer was inside.

Crews used a rope system to pull him up. He was transported in a helicopter to Kern Medical Center.  He suffered moderate injuries but is reportedly in stable condition.

It's unclear what caused the officer to drive off the road.

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POSTED: 10:05 PM PDT Sep 14, 2013    UPDATED: 10:20 PM PDT Sep 14, 2013 
Photos Courtesy: Valerie Walston
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