SAN DIEGO -- San Diego homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was being detained by police outside a Bay Park gas station.
The 50-year-old man was visibly under the influence when police placed him in custody.
“I saw them doing CPR, then they laid down the yellow tarp and put him in the back of the ambulance," said one witness, Karyssa Judge.
Judge works at a business next door. She had just arrived at work around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The man was already on the floor of the gas station in distress.
“The gas station clerk noticed he could barely speak," Judge said.
Witnesses told FOX5 the man was a local who lived in the neighborhood. They said he was clearly intoxicated when he went into the store.
When police arrived they found the man sitting inside his car that was still running while parked at the pump.
They said they smelled on alcohol on his breath and saw open containers inside his car. He was handcuffed and in the process of being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving when he apparently began to vomit.
“They noticed he was going pale and couldn’t really breath, so they un-cuffed him. He started to deteriorate after that," Judge said.
According to police, they immediately took off the handcuffs and called paramedics. He was taken to Scripps La Jolla Memorial Hospital where he died. An autopsy is being performed.