About 3:35 a.m. investigators got a call of a car that had stopped in the middle of eastbound Highway 4. An independent security guard company happened to be in the area and they stopped to move the car out of the roadway and found a man walking in and out of traffic. They tried to stop him and he struggled with them. They were able to get him into handcuffs by the time the CHP arrived. The CHP started assisting the guards and the man was still kicking and screaming. They got him into leg restraints and were bringing him to the center divide for safety when he went motionless.
Fire and paramedics came to the scene and pronounced him dead. The whole situation took place in a matter of 20 minutes.
The car was registered to the man. A dog was also found in the car and it was taken away to animal care services.
One CHP officer said this man had a history of drug use and weighed over 350 pounds; it is not clear if those were contributing factors to why he died during the struggle.