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Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Arrested On Warrant In Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police said a man with an active arrest warrant died in custody in Queens Wednesday afternoon, after developing difficulty breathing due to a medical condition.

A sergeant and police officer assigned to the 104th Precinct Anti-Crime Team were heading north on Grandview Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens around 2:10 p.m., police said. They found the 46-year-old man sitting on a motorized scooter in front of a residence on the street, police said.

The man had an active arrest warrant, and sped off in the wrong direction down Grandview Avenue when he noticed the officers, police said.

The officers chased the suspect in their unmarked vehicle until he collided into the side-view mirror of a Hyundai sport-utility vehicle that was parked near Grandview Avenue and Bleecker Street, police said.

The suspect fell off his scooter, but got up and began running down Grandview Avenue until officers caught him and took him into custody near Menihan Street, police said.

While in custody, the man told officers he had a preexisting medical condition and was having breathing problems, police said. He told the officers he needed medication, and the officers gave it to him, police said.

But when the man stood up, he became unconscious moments later, police said. Officers took the handcuffs off the man and began administering chest compressions while the sergeant called paramedics, police said.

Paramedics rushed the man to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The New York City Medical Examiner's office will determine the cause of the man's death, and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is reviewing the matter, police said.

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