By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — A Tupper Lake man found dead in a stolen car at the Kmart parking lot Thursday may have died from a drug overdose.
Brad J. Eggsware, 25, was found by a store employee about 12:40 p.m., said Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo.
“We’re waiting for an autopsy to be done in Potsdam, but it looks like natural causes,” the chief said, adding, “We did find drug paraphernalia.”
Results from the exam, which will be performed at Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Jefferson County Forensic Pathologist Dr. Samuel Livingstone, could be available Friday, Premo said.
Eggsware had recently been released from state prison, where he served time for burglary and second-degree assault stemming from an incident on St. Patrick’s Day 2006 where he repeatedly kicked the face of a Tupper Lake police officer who was trying to serve a warrant.
Premo said Eggsware had been living with his mother in Troy and came north to Tupper Lake, where he stole the car on Monday.
The Tupper Lake Police Department had put out an alert for other agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen vehicle, which was found at Kmart Thursday afternoon.
CONVICTED OF BURGLARIES
In 2006, Eggsware was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison for a series of October 2004 burglaries in Tupper Lake, including break-ins at a bottle-redemption center and convenience store. Prosecutors said he and two accomplices were drunk and high on crack cocaine.
Eggsware pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree attempted burglary and was released under the Probation Department, pending his March 15, 2006, sentencing.
But on March 12, Eggsware kicked in the door of a home in Tupper Lake and was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.
When he failed to turn up for legal appointments, a warrant was issued.
FIGHT WITH OFFICER
Officer Jason Amell tried to serve the paperwork on him five nights later. But Eggsware hit him in the face and ran off after a crowd from an underage-drinking party descended on Amell and another officer who had been called in to assist.
Amell chased Eggsware, who was able to tackle the officer and kick and punch him in the face several times before he again ran off.
Eggsware was arrested in Plattsburgh March 19 on two counts of third-degree criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.
He was released from prison in September.
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