A man who died in June – after being restrained by people who said he had been breaking into cars – had overdosed on cocaine, according to a medical examiner's report.
Blood tests showed that Spencer Scott Page had a toxic level of cocaine in his system as well as nicotine, caffeine and the sedative hydroxyzine.
The autopsy, released this week, said Page had a history of drug use and noted that he had several needle puncture marks on his arms.
Witnesses told police that a man, later identified as Page, had been breaking into cars on Uxbridge Woods Court, near Independence Boulevard and Briar Creek Road.
The owner of one of the vehicles noticed his doors open, went out to investigate, and spotted the suspect. The men began struggling, and the suspect, armed with a screwdriver, began assaulting the car owner, police said.
When the car owner screamed for help, two Charlotte sanitation workers who were nearby came to help, police said. One of the employees restrained Page while the car owner went inside his home to dial 911.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who responded put Page in handcuffs.
When the people holding him down stepped away, the officer noticed that Page wasn't responsive, according to police.
She removed the handcuffs and radioed for paramedics.
Page died at Carolinas Medical Center.