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Police use of force under scrutiny after DUI suspect dies in custody

May 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A use-of-force investigation is under way after a DUI suspect died while in police custody.

Authorities say 50-year-old Mark Thomas Couturier was suspected in a drunken driving crash at the beginning of April in the 400 block of North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles.

Police say Couturier attempted to flee the scene, so an officer deployed his Taser gun.

The man then sustained a laceration to the face while officers were trying to take him down. He was then found to be unresponsive.

Couturier was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arriving.

If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to contact Los Angeles police at (877) LAPD-24-7.