updated 1/27/2009 5:16:56 PM ET 2009-01-27T22:16:56

A North Carolina man who spent two nights in his vehicle after crashing down a steep embankment along Interstate 77 has been found, authorities said.

Jonesville Police Chief Roger Reece said 84-year-old Miles Grady Brooks was alive but unresponsive when crews reached his white Cadillac on Tuesday.

Motorists reported on Sunday night that a white Cadillac was traveling the wrong direction on I-77. Officers searched along the highway but couldn't find any sign of the car, and they issued a public alert for help.

Reece said a farmer feeding his cows saw the car early Tuesday. Authorities said Brooks was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, but hospital officials said Tuesday afternoon they weren't treating a patient by that name.

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