• JSO: Man dies after Jacksonville traffic stop when he tries to swallow bags

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    JACKSONVILLECrowd surfer seriously injured at Welcome to Rockville

    A man is dead after he attempted to swallow something during a routine traffic stop, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. 

    Rudolph Gipson, 44, was pulled over at  West 13th Street and Wilson around 10 p.m. Sunday night, JSO said. 

    JSO suspected the man was impaired and conducted a sobriety test. During the test, they suspected Gipson had something in his mouth. 

    JSO asked Gipson to spit out what was in his mouth, but he attempted to swallow it, JSO said, and began to throw up blood.

    The two bags contained white powder, JSO said. Rescue was called and Gipson was taken to a Jacksonville hospital, but the man died. 

    JSO said Gipson had a long history of arrests for drugs and weapons. 

    The officer who pulled him over is on administrative leave, which is department protocol. 

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