Man dies after he was stopped for DWI in Cumberland County

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Clarence Junior Young

ABC11 is learning more about the moments that led up to the custody death of a Hope Mills man.

Deputies said 35-year-old Clarence Junior Young started having "medical complications" after he was pulled over Tuesday afternoon by Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies in the Grays Creek area.

According to the release, Young initially refused to stop for deputies on Fennell Road.

As they followed, they saw items being thrown from his car. When Young did stop on Chickenfoot Road, deputies took Young into custody for DWI and failure to stop for a blue light and siren. Deputies found a handgun in the car.

When he started having medical problems, deputies gave him first aid. They also continued caring for Young while he was in the ambulance.

Young was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Chief Deputy Ennis Wright said deputies tried their best to save his life.

"This job requires a lot, and these guys give a lot," Wright said. "You never want anyone to lose their life, you always try and help someone."

The 35-year-old had a criminal record that includes prior stops for speeding and eluding officers.

ABC11 spoke with Young's family, who says they're heartbroken, calling Young a "good father" and a family man. The sheriff's office also offered their condolences and promised a transparent investigation.

"Our condolences to the Young family and we'll see what the medical examiner says about what happened," the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office has requested an expedited autopsy report. The autopsy is part of parallel investigations, one by criminal investigations, and the other by professional standards.

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