BODY FOUND IN CANAL: A man was found dead early Saturday in an east Modesto canal, leaving no clues to his identity. Coroners are asking for help in their search for his name, family or friends. Two boys walking along a canal about 2:42 a.m. spotted him against a canal grate at Oakdale Road and Briggsmore Avenue. Modesto police said he was a known transient who spent most days sitting on a concrete slab near where his body was found. The cause of death is unknown, but it did not appear suspicious, said Deputy Coroner Misty Leach. Although he was found in the water, he didn't drown, she added. The man, described as
5 foot 10 with strawberry blond hair, had no tattoos. He had a full beard and mustache, and weighed about 250 pounds. He wore blue jeans, a brown belt with a silver buckle, a light yellow shirt and two black jackets. He carried two lighters and tobacco rollers. He was last seen at a nearby Shell gas station about 10 p.m. Friday. Anyone with information can call Leach at the coroner's office, 567-4500.
DUI SUSPECTED IN CRASH: Three Ceres residents suffered serious injuries early Saturday after the car they were in was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by an Oakdale man whom police say was driving under the influence. Oakdale police arrested Derek Liles, 23, on suspicion of felony DUI after he drove his Chevrolet truck into a Honda Accord in the 800 block of North Yosemite Avenue, officer Warren Bradford said. The crash happened about 1 a.m. The victims' names were not released, pending family notification, he added. The 58-year-old driver suffered major injuries to his upper and lower body. He and a 46-year-old passenger were flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. A third passenger, 45, suffered serious internal injuries and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Everyone involved, including Liles, was wearing seat belts. Liles complained of ankle pain, and his air bag scratched his nose.