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Diabetic driver dies after being stopped by Tampa police

TAMPA — A driver who struck two cars, and who officers first thought was being reckless, actually suffered a diabetic episode and died later at a hospital Wednesday, police said.

Tampa police identified the driver Wednesday night as Arthur Green, Jr., 63, of Tampa.

According to a Tampa police spokeswoman, an officer was called about 4:35 p.m. to the scene of a driver who was swerving across both lanes of Central Avenue, onto the sidewalk and into a stop sign. As the officer arrived, the driver swerved into oncoming traffic and hit two cars. No one was injured, but the driver was stopped.

He then became combative with the officer, who called for help, the agency spokeswoman said. A second officer arrived and helped handcuff Green.

But because of his behavior, police grew concerned he was suffering some sort of diabetic incident.

Green stopped breathing. The officers, whose names also have not been released, uncuffed him and began CPR.

Tampa Fire Rescue revived Green, and he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He later died.

The police spokeswoman said it appears he suffered from severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood-sugar. According to the Mayo Clinic, that can cause confusion, abnormal behavior, double or blurred vision and sometimes seizures.

Police have since learned Green has a history of diabetic incidents. Rescue crews responded to his home twice before — on Feb. 17th and then just last Friday — for diabetic-related incidents, the spokeswoman said.

Diabetic driver dies after being stopped by Tampa police 04/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:58pm]
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