DRIVER OUT OF HOSPITAL, MAY FACE CHARGES: A Modesto man suspected of drunken driving in a fatal traffic collision late Friday has been released from a hospital and may face criminal charges, Modesto police reported Wednesday. Jose Alfredo Romero, 23, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that hit a Ford Ranger shortly before midnight at Bowen and Sherwood avenues, according to Modesto police. Alejandro Guevara, 33, of Modesto was ejected after the impact sent the small pickup flying 25 feet before it rolled several times, police said. Witnesses at the scene found Guevara about 10 feet from his vehicle, lying in a flower bed, Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. Guevara was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Romero suffered serious injuries from the impact, which forced his Chevrolet to crash into the front of a house on the southeast corner of the intersection. No other injuries were reported. Gundlach said Romero was released from a Modesto hospital and is not in custody. Investigators are awaiting blood alcohol content test results and vehicle inspection results before they can determine what charges to file against Romero, Gundlach said. Police said Romero appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred. Guevara was driving south on Sherwood and had stopped at the stop sign before entering the intersection. As the Ford crossed Bowen, police said, Romero was driving the Chevrolet east on Bowen about 70 mph in a 25 mph zone. Police said Romero did not stop for the stop sign at the intersection, and the Chevrolet struck the Ford's passenger-side door.
AIMING GUN NO GAME: Modesto police cited a man Wednesday after they said he pointed a toy gun at a friend in front of Valley Business College, at 108 Campus Way. The replica handgun was part of a Halloween costume, but it appeared real to a teacher at the school, Lt. Scott Blom said. The teacher saw a man sitting in front of a school, holding the gun. She reported him around 8:40 a.m. to police, who pulled over William Harris, 33, of Modesto after he drove away. The toy gun's orange tip had been cut off and the gun had been painted all black; officers explained to the man that having an altered replica handgun is against the law, Blom said. The man also was cited with having an open beer in his car and driving without a license; police confiscated the toy gun and had Harris' car towed, Blom said. Anyone found with a modified toy gun can receive a misdemeanor citation from police, he added.