Man died from drugs, alcohol after Anderson Police arrest

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of a person who died at AnMed Health Medical Center after being arrested by Anderson Police.

Lieutenant David Creamer of the Anderson Police Department said that officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Pickens Street just after 11 pm Saturday night. When they arrived they found a suspect who was bleeding and subsequently placed the person under arrest, provided medical assistance and called for emergency medical services.

According to Creamer, the suspect died at the hospital just after midnight. He stated that as is with standard protocol, SLED was notified and is handling the investigation.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown says the man was 26-year-old Benston Calvin Clinkscales, of Anderson.

According to McCown, Clinkscales was at the home with his mother and a friend when the disturbance occurred.

He says that Clinkscales put his arm through a window in the home, and officers arrived after someone in the home called 911.

When the officers arrived, Clinkscales became combative and had to be tased, McCown said.

During the confrontation, Clinkscales pulled the prongs from his body and shortly thereafter became combative again with EMS personnel as they rendered aid to him.

After arriving at the hospital he became combative with the hospital staff and died at 12:51am Sunday morning.

Coroner Don McCown says the autopsy showed that Clinkscales died from illicit drugs, and alcohol.

He had excited delirium which caused him to act the way he did.

He says Clinkscales death didn’t have anything to do with the involvement of law enforcement of officials.

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