Autopsy ordered on Texas City inmate who died

May 22, 2013 8:49:37 AM PDT
A man arrested during a traffic stop in Southeast Texas has died after being found unconscious in his jail cell.

Texas City police say an autopsy has been ordered on 31-year-old Richard Lee Thompson Jr.

Police Chief Robert Burby says Thompson was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to jail on charges of failing to maintain financial responsibility on an automobile and not having a driver's license.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Wednesday that police also confiscated a small amount of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Jailers found Thompson unconscious about seven hours after his arrest. Thompson was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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