An autopsy was pending Wednesday in the death of a Banning man who was pulled over by Hemet police and apparently swallowed drugs before being detained, according to police reports.
38-year-old Manuel Hyde, who is originally from Banning but was living in the San Jacinto area, was pulled over in the area of Kirby Street and North Florida Avenue around 4:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to Hemet Police Lieutenant Duane Wisehart.
Police pulled Hyde over when they noticed a light out on his car, and when they contacted him and his female passenger, they discovered she had a warrant out for her arrest, Wisehart said.
"At this point both were detained for investigation," he said, adding that Hyde was on probation. "Very soon after this, officers noticed that the male was displaying odd behavior, and that he had a substance around his mouth and lips."
Thinking that Hyde had swallowed some sort of illegal drug, the police officers called in an ambulance, according to Wisehart.
He was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where "despite the efforts of emergency medical staff, he was later pronounced dead," Wisehart said.
Heme police and the Riverside County coroner's office are investigating the death.