MAN KILLED WHILE SITTING IN ROAD: A man sitting on East Louise Avenue east of Manteca was killed Wednesday night when a car hit him at 9:28 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. The name of the 45-year-old man has not been released. Officer Adrian Quintero, a spokesman for the Stockton CHP office, said the man smelled of alcohol. Investigators are waiting for toxicology results to determine whether alcohol played a role in the man's behavior. The driver Maria Cortez, 30, of Stockton, was not cited. Quintero said Cortez was driving west on Louise Avenue at the speed limit, 50 mph, in a 2002 Ford Taurus. As she approached the man, he leaned back and into the path of her car, Quintero said. The impact threw the man onto the shoulder. Cortez stopped and called 911, Quintero said. He said paramedics rushed the man to San Joaquin General Hospital, where he died at 10:48 p.m. "It appears he may have been under the influence and that alcohol was a contributing factor," Quintero said. "It sounds like he was impaired at the time and that he was so impaired that he didn't know where he was sitting or looking."
MAN SUSPECTED OF POSSESSION OF ECSTASY PILLS: Sonora police found a 25-year-old man in possession of ecstasy pills after he tried to give a friend his coat despite cold weather, police reported. On Tuesday, about 11:30 p.m., an officer stopped two people walking near Stewart Street. The officer found that one of them, Brett Spinks, had three misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Spinks tried to give the other person his coat when the officer placed Spinks under arrest, police said. The officer searched the coat and found three blue pills with the word "key" on them, according to Lt. Mark Stinson. Spinks told the officer the pills were ecstasy. The officer arrested him in connection with the warrants and possession of a controlled substance.
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