Man arrested by League City police later dies

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

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.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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