Man dies of possible cardiac arrest while in custody for drunk driving, Dickinson police say

DICKINSON, Texas — A man died after being arrested for driving while intoxicated Sunday morning.

Dickinson police responded to a minor accident  in the 4900 block of FM 517 around 2:45 a.m.

When officers arrived there was a truck that had backed into a tree and hit a building.

The driver of the truck was trying to drive the truck in reverse in a parking lot of a business, police said.

According to police, officers arrested the man and he was taken to the Dickinson Jail because he showed signs of being intoxicated.

Police said he took a breath toxicity test before falling from his seat. He was still able to speak and was conscious.

Police said they noticed a change in his breathing, so EMS was called. While being put in an ambulance, he went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Mainland Center Hospital where he later died.

The investigation into the victim’s death was turned over to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.