Mass. police: Conn. man arrested on heroin trafficking charges tried suicide in police custody

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BERNARDSTON, Massachusetts — Massachusetts state police say a Connecticut man arrested on charges of heroin trafficking tried to commit suicide while in police custody.

The Greenfield Recorder reports ( ) that police say Vincent Paris, of Hamden, Connecticut, tried to strangle himself in the back of the cruiser while headed to the Shelburne barracks on Thursday.

Paris was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin, reckless endangerment of a child and other charges. A baby was in the car's back seat.

He was ordered held on $20,000 bail after pleading not guilty to all charges Friday.

It was not known Sunday if the 38-year-old Paris is represented by a lawyer.

Police say the car Paris was driving had a cracked windshield and was tailgating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 91 headed to Vermont on Thursday.

Information from: The (Greenfield, Massachusetts) Recorder,

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