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Man thought to be on drugs dies after L.A. police detain him

February 11, 2010 |  8:36 am

A man who may have been under the influence of drugs died Thursday morning after police detained him in the Hollywood area, authorities said.

LAPD officers responded to reports of a man who was displaying erratic behavior at 4:24 a.m. at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, said Officer Sara Faden, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man was behaving as if he were under the influence of narcotics, Faden said.

“Apparently, he had some pretty erratic behavior,” Faden said. “For his own safety and for the community’s safety, they [officers] wanted to see what was happening.”

Officers detained the man “to see what was going on” and to determine if he needed medical attention, Faden said. They called the Los Angeles Fire Department, which took him to a local hospital. He later died.

Faden said investigators are trying to determine why and how he died. His name has not yet been released.

-- My-Thuan Tran