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Friday, Sep 20 2013 05:51 PM

Meth overdose caused death of man arrested in early August


A 49-year-old man arrested early August in south Bakersfield died as a result of an accidental methamphetamine overdose, according to a coroner's office news release.

Alexander Main was arrested at 3:56 a.m. Aug. 7 in the 2900 block of Eagle Valley Place, the news release said. He died about four hours later at Mercy Hospital.

Police said they were called to Main's residence twice on Aug. 7. The first time, at 3:43 a.m., family members said everything was under control, but when police arrived a second time the family members were holding Main down.

Officers handcuffed Main in the residence after family members said he'd fight if they released their hold on him, police said. Within a few minutes, officers noticed Main's breathing was shallow and he had weakness in the knees.

Police said officers helped him to the ground, removed the handcuffs and noticed he was not breathing. They began CPR, and medical aid came to the scene and took him to Mercy Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

-- The Californian

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