Brother of man who swallowed cocaine in cop car arrested
Wayne Mitchell, left, died after swallowing cocaine. His brother, DeAngelo Mitchell, faces manslaughter charges.
DeAngelo Mitchell (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
The brother of a man police say swallowed cocaine in the back of a police cruiser then died, was caught Tuesday morning and charged in his brother's death.
Police arrested 22-year-old DeAngelo Mitchell at a Charleston residence and charged him with involuntary manslaughter.
On Nov. 30, North Charleston police officers pulled over a car on Clements Avenue for a headlight that was out. Police then searched the vehicle and found bags with white powder in it.
Mitchell and his younger brother, 19-year-old Wayne Joshua Mitchell, were put in the back of a police cruiser while they searched the car.What happened next was all caught on the police car's dash camera.
Officers say DeAngelo Mitchell told his brother he couldn't afford another strike against him and that he needed his brother to eat the cocaine he had in his possession. Mitchell then appears to hand off the cocaine, which was stuffed in his buttocks, to his brother, who ate the drugs.
A few minutes later, Wayne Mitchell began to show signs that something was wrong. DeAngelo Mitchell started yelling when his brother started having trouble holding his head up. Wayne Mitchell later died at a hospital.
Mitchell died within an hour from eating the cocaine. The coroner's office says there was an extremely high amount of the drug in Mitchell's body.
After the incident, DeAngelo Mitchell was facing drug charges. He posted a $25,000 bond on Dec. 1. After toxicology reports came back, police planned to charge him with involuntary manslaughter. He was captured Tuesday.
Mitchell's rap sheet includes drug possession convictions in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was also convicted this past August for distribution of cocaine base.