Authorities: Intoxicated man airlifted off Phoenix mountain

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(Source: The Phoenix Fire Department) (Source: The Phoenix Fire Department)
PHOENIX (AP) -

 A man was handcuffed by police and taken off a Phoenix mountain by helicopter after it was determined he was a threat to himself and others.

Phoenix police officers and a city fire crew responded to Piestewa Peak Park about 4 p.m. Tuesday after a caller reported seeing a man with an apparent head injury and signs of dehydration.

They say the unidentified man claimed he was hiding from police and was believed to have fled from a hit-and-run accident nearby.

Police located the man on the mountain and detained him.

They say that due to his apparent intoxication and statements indicating he's a threat to himself and officers, a rescue helicopter removed him from the peak.

Police say the man was being taken for medical and/or mental health evaluation.

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