A man who was reportedly sitting in a car in the 400 block of Hill Street turned out to have a metal ring stuck on his penis, police said.

A couple flagged down police around noon Saturday because they were concerned about a man in a car, whom they thought could be deceased, Sgt. Louise Callus said in an email. The night before, they reported they had heard moaning near where the car was parked.

Police contacted the man, who was sweating profusely and was extremely pale.

According to police, the man had taken "Superman," a form of Viagra, and put on a 2-inch diameter ring before intercourse three days prior and wasn't able to remove it. He said he went to a friend's home in Laguna Beach for help.

The man told police he was in extreme pain and requested assistance from the Fire Department. Firefighters informed the man that he could suffer a permanent injury if he did not remove the ring as soon as possible.

The man was given tube jelly, Sgt. Callus said, and was able to remove the ring on his own. He then drove himself to the hospital.

—Joanna Clay

Twitter: @joannaclay