A man was impaled on a metal fence after falling from a tree and heavy drinking in East Hollywood, according to officials. Photo via OnScene TV

A man was killed Wednesday when he fell out of a tree and impaled himself on a spiked metal fence in the East Hollywood area after a night of heavy drinking, police said.

Rescue crews were called to the 500 block of North Berendo Street around 3:40 a.m., said Los Angeles police Sgt. Melvin Gamble.

Edwin Ochoa, 30, of Los Angeles died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.

A police captain told reporters at the scene that Ochoa apparently climbed the tree to retrieve a coat.

Gamble said a broken branch and 20 empty beer cans were found around the tree, and local residents told police officers that Ochoa was known as a heavy drinker.

Ochoa did not appear to have been engaged in any illegal activity, Gamble said.

—City News Service

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