Police say man killed himself in custody

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A man hanged himself in police custody in Canarsie following a car crash on Sunday.

Officials discovered him dead and hanging from his T-shirt in his cell in the 69th Precinct station house just 10 minutes after last checking on him, law enforcement sources said.

Police arrested 28-year-old Serge Duthley of 92nd Street after he allegedly crashed a car on Avenue J between Remsen Avenue and E. 91st Street at 12:43 pm, a police report states.

Officers transported him to the Intoxicated Driver Testing Unit at the 78th Precinct station house in Prospect Heights and then back to the 69th Precinct station house for processing, according to officials.

Police found him dead in a cell he alone occupied at 5:30 pm, law enforcement sources said.

The medical examiner ruled it a suicide, officials from the examiner’s office said.

—with Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019: Updated with victim's name and medical examiner's ruling that the death was a suicide.
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