LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas man jailed on drug possession charges has died while in police custody.
The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/16NctLY ) reports autopsy results are pending for 33-year-old Richard David Benefiel of Deer Park.
League City police Officer Reagan Pena (PAYN'-yuh) says Benefiel was arrested Monday morning after being found on a little-used road with the hood of his car up. Police say Benefiel appeared intoxicated and a search turned up marijuana in the vehicle. Benefiel was booked into the city jail.
Officers asked Benefiel several times if he wanted to be taken to a hospital — but he refused.
Jailers kept checking on Benefiel, who later complained of body aches and Monday night requested help. He became unresponsive and died at a hospital.
Investigators are reviewing the death.
Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com