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Man dies while in Dallas police custody

A man died while in Dallas police custody Thursday night after he was stopped for speeding and became ill during questioning, Dallas police said Friday.

Eric Michael Parenzan was pronounced dead at Baylor Medical Center, where he was taken by Dallas Fire-Rescue.

According to Dallas police, at about 9:41 p.m., an officer saw a black Pontiac Aztec speeding on Woodall Rogers Freeway near Industrial Boulevard and attempted to stop it. The vehicle's driver did not stop, according to police, and the officer followed the car to the 1400 block of Griffin Street West, where it stopped.

While being questioned, police said that Parenzan told the officer that he had marijuana in the car, Lt. Vernon Hale, police spokesman, said in a release. Parenzan told the officer that he was feeling ill and wanted an ambulance, Hale said.

Parenzan was placed in handcuffs and an ambulance was called, Hale said.

"As suspect Parenzan was walked towards the police vehicle, he began vomiting," Hale said.

"Small chunks of what appeared an illegal drug were observed and collected from suspect Parenzan’s vomit," Hale said. He said unspecified amounts of what appeared to be illegal drugs also were found on Parenzan’s clothing and in the car.

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