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An autopsy was planned Monday for a Lexington Park man who collapsed early Saturday morning outside a bar in Great Mills, St. Mary's detectives report, after taking part in an impromptu strength contest with a friend.

No foul play is suspected in the death of George J. Butler Jr., 24, of Lexington Park, a senior detective said this week, of the 1:30 a.m. incident in the parking lot of the Brass Rail.

"It was two friends involved in a strength contest," Capt. Terry Black said. "Alcohol was not involved. It did not appear that either one had been drinking. They went to the Brass Rail to play billiards."

Their test of strength ended about five minutes after it began, the captain said, in a draw.

"They both agreed they were equal in strength," he said, before Butler "took several steps toward his vehicle and collapsed."

Second District rescue volunteers and a St. Mary's advanced life support crew were dispatched to the scene, and county dispatch logs state that they left the scene with their patient at 2:06 a.m. and arrived at a hospital nine minutes later. Officers with the rescue squad said Monday that they had no information on how long they had to wait for police to arrive and make sure the scene was secure before medical care for the patient was initiated.

JOHN WHARTON