Man dies at Portland hospital after fleeing from police

July 10th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

A man died at the Portland Adventist Medical Center around 7:58 a.m. Sunday, after running from the police and being arrested. He tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana and may have had a heart attack, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau. The bureau will likely release his name and more information about the circumstances surrounding his arrest and death Monday, said bureau spokesman Lt. Robert King.

The man was one of two back seat passengers in a 1988 Cadillac that police stopped at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Bush Street at 4:08 a.m. Sunday, according to the news release.

Officers stopped the car because it had no taillight. After identifying the driver and doing a routine computer check, they found that the driver did not have insurance for the car.

They approached the car again, planning to cite the driver for not having insurance and arrest one of the back seat passengers, who fled and later died, for giving false information to a police officer, according to the release. King declined to give any more details about the grounds for the passenger’s arrest.

When the police approached the car, the passenger ran away, according to the release. Officers chased him briefly before setting up a perimeter and searching the area for the passenger. During the search, a police dispatcher told them there was a warrant for the passenger’s arrest for violating parole for a drug-related crime.

Police saw him hiding behind a house and took him into custody

Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/07/man_dies_at_hospital_after_fle.html

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