New Mexico man dies in Colorado State Patrol custody.

A 66-year-old man from New Mexico died Wednesday morning in southern Colorado after being stopped by the Colorado State Patrol.

The in-custody death is being investigated by the CSP and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according to a news release.

At about 6:30 a.m. the man was driving a Ford Crown Victoria on Interstate 25 near the state line when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, the release said.

A sergeant stopped the vehicle, carried out an investigation, and placed the man in custody in back of a CSP vehicle sitting in an upright position. On the way to the Las Animas County Jail the sergeant pulled over to check on the man and determined he wasn’t breathing.

The sergeant performed CPR and paramedics took the man to Mt. San Rafael Hospital, in Trinidad, where he was pronounced dead. The man was not identified on Wednesday.

The sergeant, who was not identified, is on administrative leave per CSP policy.

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