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Police say alleged drunken driver may have attempted to take own life

Maryland State police say an alleged drunken driver may have attempted to take his own life while in custody after being involved in an accident late Friday on the Capital Beltway near the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

Police said shortly before midnight, a trooper was dispatched to a crash on the inner loop of I-495 at the parkway, and determined that the driver of a 2006 Lexus struck the rear of a vehicle traveling in front of him. The crash injured two of the three occupants in that vehicle, police said.

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The driver of the Lexus was identified by police as Lennox Thompson, 31, of Bowie. Police said he refused medical treatment at the scene, and failed a field sobriety test. He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, and police allege he was also in possession of illegal drugs.

He was taken to the College Park Barrack. Police said they confiscated his shoelaces and jacket, but at some point officers found him in the cell with his sweater tied around his neck. Officers cut the sweater off of him and administered chest compressions to open his airways. He began to cough, and medics were called.

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The man was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital, then University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where he was being treated as the investigation continues. Police said charges are pending.

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