Detainee dies after choking on food in Saitama police station cell

A 46-year-old man who was arrested for violating the stimulants control law died after choking on food while in a cell at Fukaya police station in Saitama Prefecture, police said Sunday.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 6 p.m. Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported.  The man, who was arrested on Oct 24, had been given dinner and an officer patrolling the cells noticed him having trouble breathing after he had eaten.
When the man started choking, the officer turned him over and started hitting his back to try and dislodge the food item from his throat.
However, the man, who was a diabetic, lost consciousness. The police officer then gave the man a heart massage, to no avail. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

© Japan Today
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