Man who allegedly released dog on officers dies in custody

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Authorities say a man from Florida who allegedly released his dog on police officers during a traffic stop in Ringwood has died after he apparently suffered a seizure while in custody.

According to authorities, John Baker, 54, of Spring Lake, was in an intake unit at the Passaic County Jail when he became ill Tuesday night.

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Authorities say Baker was taken to a hospital, but was pronounced dead there a short time later.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Baker had faced numerous charges after a series of events that began Monday when Wanaque police tried to stop a tractor-trailer he was driving.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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