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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - A drug overdose killed the son of a prominent developer, according to Sonoma County Coroner's Sgt. Will Wallman.

Michael Behring, 52, died Nov. 18 in police custody after being arrested in Santa Rosa. The coroner's report indicated he had a lethal amount of methamphetamine in his body.

Behring was the son of Ken Behring, a former owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the developer of the exclusive Blackhawk subdivision in Contra Costa County.

Sheriff's deputies stopped Behring after seeing his car weaving on Highway 101. He was arrested after officers found a warrant charging him with failing to appear in a Contra Costa County court on a traffic violation.

At the jail, a nurse recommended that he be taken to the hospital. He died at Sutter Medical Center about three hours after his arrest.

Tests showed he had 26.8 micrograms per liter of the drug in his blood, Wallman said. The drug becomes potentially lethal at 0.2 to 0.6 micrograms per liter, he said.