Archive for Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Undersheriff: Meth overdose cause of Topeka man’s death

February 18, 2004

Just as sheriff's officers suspected, a Topeka man died on Jan. 1 from eating methamphetamine during a car chase.

"The toxicology report indicated that Carl Rhoades died of an overdose of methamphetamine," Leavenworth County Undersheriff Dave Zoellner said.

Rhoades, a former Linwood area resident, was involved in a slow-speed chase with Bonner Springs police and Leavenworth County sheriff's officers early on New Year's Day. After a short pursuit, Rhoades stopped his car, jumped out and tried to flee. Officers took Rhoades to the ground, put cuffs on him and rolled him over.

"His face was blue and his lips were blue," Zoellner said after the incident.

Attempts to revive Rhoades failed, and he was pronounced dead at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Officers who were following Rhoades' vehicle said it appeared he was swallowing drugs as the chase was on. In addition, they reported that bags that had been bitten open had been tossed from the vehicle. The bags contained a powdery substance.

Two people -- a 37-year-old Topeka woman who was Rhoades' wife and a 40-year-old Bonner Springs woman -- were in the car at the time of the chase, but no charges have been filed against them.

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