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Suspect dies after police chase

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Posted: Feb 23, 2010 8:47 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: suspect, Slidell, police, chase, crack, cocaine

Slidell police say a 33-year-old man died after apparently swallowing crack cocaine at the end of a chase.

Slidell police say they spotted Joshua W. Guttuso of Slidell driving a pickup that had been reported stolen from Jefferson Parish and chased him.

Police spokesman Capt. Kevin Foltz said at least three officers saw Guttuso swallow an unknown amount of what appeared to be crack cocaine.

Foltz says Guttuso had to be subdued after officers took him from the truck, then collapsed while walking toward a police car.

He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The cause of Guttuso's death was uncertain Monday, pending an autopsy.

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