A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Autopsy results were pending Tuesday to determine what caused the death of a drug suspect who started having seizures during a traffic stop in the College area and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Officers pulled the man over shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, when they saw him driving with his headlights off in the 5700 block of El Cajon Boulevard, according to San Diego Police.

Initially failing to yield, the motorist continued on for a short distance to the west and north before stopping in the 5600 block of Madison Avenue, SDPD Lt. Mike Hastings said.

“While speaking with the driver, one officer saw what he believed to be small portions of a controlled substance on and around the driver’s area,” Hastings said. “The driver was detained outside of his vehicle for questioning.”

A few minutes later, the man began to vomit and have seizures, and medics rushed him to a hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

The man’s name was withheld pending family notification.

—City News Service

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