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Man, 40, swallows bag of drugs, dies

A 40-year-old man who was being pursued by police suffocated after swallowing a bag of drugs Friday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Officers were attempting to arrest Darryl Jackson in the 500 block of N. Payson St. when he fled on foot, said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Officers said they observed Jackson, who lived in the same block, place a plastic bag in his mouth. He ran a little further before collapsing, Moses said.

Jackson was taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Moses said. Homicide detectives and the Police Department's Internal Affairs Division are investigating the death, which is standard procedure in such a case.

A cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. "That plastic bag suffocated him," Moses said, "but it's not official yet."

Stephen Kiehl

Baltimore County

: Brush fires

Blazes fought in Hereford, Edgemere

Baltimore County firefighters battled two large brush fires last night -- one in Hereford near Gunpowder Falls State Park and the other in Edgemere just off Interstate 695.

A Fire Department official said the Hereford fire was the equivalent of a three-alarm fire and that the blaze in Edgemere was the equivalent of two alarms. No one was injured in either fire, and the fires had not spread to homes, officials said.

Baltimore County police said three juveniles were arrested and charged with malicious burning in the Edgemere fire. Fire officials were unable to say what caused the Hereford blaze. Both fires began about 6 p.m., officials said, and they were unrelated.

John Fritze

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