Drug suspect on way to jail collapses and dies

CALDWELL, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man who admitted to deputies he consumed two grams of methamphetamine died on his way to jail.

St. Francis County Sheriff's deputies were transporting 31-year-old Ervin Terrell Motley of Colt for booking on drug charges when he collapsed early Saturday morning.

It all started when deputies spotted a 2006 Saturn Vue driving left of center on Highway 336.  When they tried to initiate a stop deputies say Motley, who was a passenger, jumped out of the still moving vehicle and tried to run away.

Deputies chased Motley more than 300 yards before they found him hiding behind a tree.  They say he shoved a deputy.  That's when the deputy used a taser to subdue Motley.

According to the police report, Motley told the deputies he had done a gram of meth an hour earlier and swallowed another gram of meth when he saw the officers.

Deputies asked Motley if needed medical assistance.  They say he refused treatment.

While being driven to the St. Francis County jail for booking, Motley suddenly stopped talking and collapsed.

The deputy pulled into the Caldwell Fire Department where CPR was performed on Motley.  An ambulance transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Motley's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's Office in Little Rock to determine the exact cause of death.  The Arkansas State Police has been asked to assist in the investigation.

The driver of the car, Michelle Manues was booked on possession of drug paraphernalia.  She is free on bond.

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