Pubdate: Fri, 31 Oct 2003
Source: Whitehorse Star (CN YK)
Copyright: 2003 Whitehorse Star
Author: Sarah Elizabeth Brown


The lethal amount of cocaine in a Whitehorse man's body likely killed him 
as he ran from the RCMP officer trying to arrest him in late September.

Clark Edward Whitehouse had more than 10 mg of cocaine in his system, 
Sharon Hanley, the Yukon's chief coroner, said this week.

Anything over 10 mg is considered lethal. Exactly how much he'd ingested 
won't be made public until a yet-unscheduled coroner's inquest.

Coroner's inquests are standard practice when someone dies in police custody.

A police officer investigating an in-custody death on the South Klondike 
Highway from the previous day had tried to pull Whitehouse over in a 
routine traffic stop.

The man fled from him, ingesting something as he ran after he fled his 
truck. The RCMP said they believed it was cocaine as they found more of the 
drug at the scene.

When Whitehouse became combative, the constable stunned him with a Taser. 
It wasn't until he'd walked the 34-year-old back to his police cruiser that 
he noticed Whitehouse was foaming at the mouth.

The constable conducted CPR until paramedics arrived, but no one was able 
to resuscitate the man.

Preliminary autopsy results showed no other reason why Whitehouse died, 
said Hanley. Though she doesn't have the final results back, the toxicology 
report about the lethal amount of cocaine leads her to believe that's what 
killed Whitehouse, the coroner said. 
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