MBI investigates suicide attempt in Meridian police car

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A man attempted suicide in the back of a Meridian police car Friday night, according to Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose. Police say the man was carrying hundreds of pounds of marijuana in a rental truck when he was taken into custody.

Investigators say officers pulled over a U-Haul truck on I-20 and called for a K-9 Unit to check for drugs. They say the K-9 indicated there was drugs in the truck. Chief Dubose says the U-Haul truck and the suspect were taken back to the Meridian Police Department to be searched. Dubose says the suspect was in a patrol car while furniture and other items were looked through.

Police say 400 pounds of marijuana was found in the U-Haul. Dubose says the driver was taken into custody, by being handcuffed behind his back and put in a patrol car.

When officers returned to the police cruiser, Dubose says, they found the suspect with one hand out of the handcuffs and a seatbelt around his neck. Metro Ambulance was called to the scene.

Dubose says the man is Hispanic and from El Paso, Texas. His condition is unknown and is currently at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are handling the case. Newscenter 11 attempted to contact MBI but calls were not immediately returned.