Driver Who Died After Trash Truck Chase Had Cocaine In System

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Canon City, Colo. (AP) Fremont County Coroner Dorothy Twellman says a man who died after commandeering a trash truck and leading authorities on a 31-mile chase had a lethal level of cocaine in his system.

Twenty-nine-year-old Philip Munos reportedly walked away from a halfway house in Colorado Springs, where he took his girlfriend’s vehicle and drove to pueblo.

District attorney Thom LeDoux has said the chase began early Saturday after officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a pueblo store.

He says Munos took control of a trash truck and drove to Florence on U.S. 50. The chase ended after Munos drove into a car wash building.

LeDoux says stun guns were used to try to subdue Munos, who developed medical issues shortly after he was taken into custody and died at a Canon City Hospital.

An investigation is under way.

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