Man Dies From Cocaine Use While Being Tasered

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - State forensics officials say a Florida man didn't die as a result of a Taser that a Houston County sheriff's deputy used on him during a traffic stop in Dothan.

The forensics report said 27-year-old Nicholas Cody of Marianna was suffering from a fatal illness related to cocaine use. Cody died on June 27, about a week after he was taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center for treatment.

The Dothan Eagle, which disclosed the autopsy finding Tuesday, reported that Cody was shocked multiple times when he tried to flee
after being stopped for a seat belt violation June 15.

Senior Alabama medical examiner Stephen Boudreau said an autopsy showed that Cody died from what is known as excited delirium, a side effect to drug use.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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