DUI ARREST AFTER CRASH: A woman was arrested after her car veered off Highway 99 on Wednesday morning and crashed into the freeway overpass at Kansas Avenue in Modesto, the California Highway Patrol reported. CHP officers arrested Lizabeth Catherine Marquez, 51, of Modesto on suspicion of driving under the influence, said CHP spokesman officer Tom Killian. Marquez suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Killian said. About 7 a.m., Marquez was driving a 1988 Honda Prelude north at approximately 65 mph on the freeway in the far left lane when she applied the brakes for unknown reasons, Killian said. The Honda veered to the right across the freeway and struck the overpass's concrete support structure. Killian said the car had automatic seat belts that open when the door opens. The crash's impact popped open the driver's side door and the seat belt and Marquez fell out of the car, Killian said. The roadway was blocked for about 30 minutes.
POSSIBLE BOMB FOUND IN YARD: Bomb squad officials Wednesday detonated what appeared to be a pipe bomb found in the front yard of a north Modesto home, police said. Sgt. Tom Blake said the 12-inch silver cylinder had a puttylike substance on one end and a heavy cap on the other. The cylinder was detonated as safety precaution, but investigators hadn't determined whether it was an explosive device. A resident found the cylinder on the grass next to his driveway Wednesday morning in the 4000 block of Heritage Drive, just north of Snyder Avenue. It was unknown who placed it there or when. Blake said the resident kept an eye on the cylinder and made sure nobody got close but didn't call police until about 4:30 p.m. Officers arrived and called the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Bomb Squad. About 5:30 p.m., officers closed Snyder Avenue between Prescott Road and Front Street and told residents to stay indoors. The bomb squad robot retrieved the cylinder at 5:55 p.m. and moved it to a canal bank on the south side of Snyder. The bomb squad safely detonated the cylinder about 15 minutes later. No one was injured.
FEMALE JAIL INMATE DIES: A female inmate at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center was found without a pulse Tuesday, sheriff's officials said. A deputy conducting rounds found the victim on the ground in her cell at 4:40 p.m. She was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where she was pronounced dead, said deputy Royjindar Singh. The woman's identity was not released because her immediate family had not been notified. The Sheriff's Department is investigating.
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