The Associated Press
NEW YORK- A man arrested on drug possession charges died after repeatedly beating his head against the inside of a police van, authorities said.
An autopsy was planned Thursday on the 39-year-old man, who was not yet identified, authorities said.
The man was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday by Queens narcotics officials, and was being taken to a police precinct for processing on drug possession charges when he began to intentionally hit his head against the van's interior, police said.
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The man, who was handcuffed inside the van, was pronounced dead an hour later at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.