Man found dead in back of Queensland police car

A man has died after being taken to a watch-house in the back of a Queensland police car.

The 46-year-old man had struggled with police as they arrested him early on Friday over an incident involving a 33-year-old woman in a Rockhampton hotel car park.

"Officers arrested the Rockhampton man for breach of a domestic violence order," a police statement said.

"Initial investigations indicate the man struggled with police before being restrained and transported to Rockhampton watch-house."

A man has been found dead in the back of a Queensland Police car. Source: AAP (file pic)

But he was found unresponsive in the back of the police vehicle when it arrived at the watch-house around 3.50 am.

It is unclear if he was already dead, but officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

He was declared dead a short time later.

The state coroner has been notified and the Crime and Corruption Commission will oversee a Queensland Police investigation into the incident.

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