Bridgeport man dies in police custody

Police say Christopher Martoni, 30, choked on a plastic bag believed to be filled with drugs, which he tried to swallow during a routine search.

Martoni, who was wanted on assault and drug charges, was arrested Friday after state troopers pulled him over for speeding on Route 8 in Trumbull.

While he was being booked at state police headquarters, the plastic bag fell to the ground. Police say Martoni tried to swallow it but choked.

He was later pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital, despite attempts to revive him.

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