Man, 47, dies after police arrest; autopsy pending

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The 47-year-old man who led Anchorage police on a car chase Tuesday has died.

Police on Friday said autopsy results on Carnel D. Mitchell will be released in four to six weeks. Police say Mitchell stopped breathing after being handcuffed. He had been in the hospital on life support, which was removed Thursday afternoon and he died shortly after.

Mitchell was fleeing a domestic violence incident. Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says after being stopped, Mitchell was resistant but not combative or "kicking and flailing." Officers on the scene thought Mitchell may have had an asthma attack, uncuffed him and performed CPR until medics arrived.

Police have reports that Mitchell had several medical problems and was drinking heavily that evening.

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