DUI Suspect Dead After Reported Scuffle With LAPD Officers

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A suspected drunk driver died after being involved in an alleged fight with police officers in downtown Los Angeles, according to reports.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports investigators were on scene hours after the incident near 4th and Vermont.

DUI Suspect Dead After Scuffle With LAPD Officers

Police were called to the 400 block of North Vermont to a reported traffic collision with a suspected drunken driver around 11 p.m. Thursday, according to LAPD Officer Sally Madera.

While investigating the incident, Demetriou reports police noticed the suspect appeared to be under the influence.

A fight broke out and officer used a Taser to subdue the suspect, who then went into breathing distress. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died, Demetriou reported.

“It isn’t just the Taser. This individual was involved in a hit-and-run crime. There may be some intoxication involved. A lot of physical exertion,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Details surrounding Thursday night’s death are not yet known.

“We’ll look at this and we’ll do the best we can making recommendations for training, if that’s needed, or changes in the policy, if that’s needed,” Beck said.

Police have not released the identity of the deceased.

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