A 34-year-old motorist who was stopped by Temple Station sheriff’s deputies and then arrested for outstanding warrants and alleged possession of illegal narcotics died while in custody at a hospital, after telling deputies he had ingested methamphetamine, the department announced Monday.
Sean West was driving with 34-year-old Juliana Romo on Thursday around 6:45 p.m. when he was stopped by the deputies at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Hamilton Road in Duarte, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the department, West was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of illegal narcotics. Romo was also arrested for alleged possession of illegal narcotics.
West was held in the back seat of a cruiser, and told the arresting deputy that he had recently ingested an unknown quantity of methamphetamine, officials said. That deputy then contacted Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics who transported West to an unnamed hospital.
West was pronounced dead at the hospital due to complications from ingesting the drug the following day, Friday, at 8:49 p.m., according to Alexander.
The death investigation was being handled by the sheriff’s homicide bureau. All in-custody deaths must be reported to the state as well.
Romo was booked and released the next day on $30,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Alhambra.
–City News Service
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