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IVANHOE — A Fries man apparently died as a result of ingesting a baggie of methamphetamine to hide it from police during a traffic stop, according to a report from the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.

On June 24 at 9:32 p.m., Wythe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Ivanhoe community about a possible intoxicated driver, according to a police report. While patrolling the area, deputies stopped a Chevrolet traveling on the wrong side of Painters Hill Road.

One of the deputies identified the driver as Nickie L. Vaughan, 47, of Fries. While attempting to speak with her, the deputy noticed she had uncontrollable movements, and that there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from within the vehicle, the report said.

The deputy asked Vaughan to step out of the vehicle to conduct a field sobriety test. As she was getting out, the deputy noticed one of her hands was clenched tight. The deputy found a bag of a crystal substance — which he identified as methamphetamine — in Vaughan’s hand, and detained her.

The deputy then went to the passenger side of the vehicle and identified John Junior Brown, 49, of Fries, and asked him to step out of the vehicle for a search. Brown stated he was the one who had been drinking, according to the the report. No narcotics were found in the vehicle.

Brown was arrested for public intoxication and was placed in the back of a patrol car. The deputies went back to Vaughan to conduct the field sobriety test.

While doing so, the deputies “heard Mr. Brown kicking the door of the police vehicle. The deputies went to check on Mr. Brown and he stated he was suffocating. They removed him from the car and stood him up on his feet, when he collapsed and started shaking. The deputies called for rescue, thinking he was having a seizure.”

Brown stopped breathing and the deputies administered CPR on the scene until Lead Mines Rescue arrived. The report said they administered Narcan — a drug to stop an overdose — but Brown was deceased.

According to the report, Vaughan told officers that they did have methamphetamine in the car and she suspected Brown had swallowed the narcotic so he would not get caught with it.

The Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division were contacted to investigate the incident. The report says the deputies’ body cam footage will be reviewed to determine whether it shows Brown ingesting anything during the traffic stop.

According to the report, an autopsy revealed that a plastic baggy was located inside Brown’s stomach. The Virginia Department of Forensic Science will conduct a toxicology test to determine the cause of death.