The single-vehicle accident occurred around 2 a.m. when 61-year-old Hector Lopez of Tracy — who was driving northbound on Highway 33, just south of Spencer Road near Vernalis — swerved off the road in his 1998 Pontiac and tumbled down an embankment, according to CHP spokesman Eric Parsons.
Lopez died at the scene. He had worn a seat belt, Parsons said.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Parsons said Lopez is not suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol.
• 4:50 p.m.: Police arrested Jairo Ortega, 22, of Patterson, on suspicion of domestic violence and violating a previous domestic violence probation order. Ortega was also suspected of tampering with a phone line.
• 7:45 p.m.: After a report of an argument on the 500 block of Pittscottie Lane, police spoke with one of the people involved, 19-year-old Jahazeil Aldana of Patterson. Aldana was subsequently arrested and booked on suspicion of public intoxication. He was later released.
• Items in this column include a sample of reports in the Patterson Police Services dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty.