Suspect dies in paddy wagon

March 03, 1992

The state medical examiner's office today was investigating the death of a 29-year-old Baltimore man found dead last night on the floor of a police patrol wagon.

The prisoner, Robert Eugene Privett of the 1900 block of W. Belvedere Ave., was pronounced dead at the Southeastern District station after the wagon arrived there to deliver prisoners.

Police said Mr. Privett was arrested at 9:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of E. Fayette St. after a plainclothes officer observed a drug transaction.

Mr. Privett was charged with assaulting a police officer during his arrest, resisting arrest and drug possession.

The patrol wagon made two stops to pick up other prisoners in the 20 minutes between the time Mr. Privett was arrested and the wagon's arrival at the Southeastern District, police said.

When the other prisoners were let out, Privett was unconscious.

He later was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Mr. Privett's body showed signs of previous intravenous drug use, but there were no signs of physical violence.

His body was sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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