Law enforcement says that a man who had been thrown in jail on suspicion of driving while impaired hanged himself while in detention. The 55-year-old Pinehurst, North Carolina, man been booked into the McDowell County Jail around 6:00 Saturday evening and was being held on 0 bond. The man was in an isolated cell, and jail staff says that he was found hanging from a bed sheet at 8:36 p.m.
Jail staff reportedly called in a medical team and attempted CPR, but the staff was not able to resuscitate the man in jail. The County Sheriff says that the jail staff is required to check on inmates twice each hour. If a detainee is on “suicide watch,” staff is required to observe the inmate every 15 minutes. The staff says that the inmate was not on suicide watch.
The man was being held after a Marion Police officer was dispatched to an off ramp along Interstate 40. Law enforcement says that a caller reported a man slumped over the steering wheel of a pickup truck on the shoulder of the road.
The police officer took the Pinehurst man into custody around 4:30 Saturday afternoon on suspicion of DWI. Police also claim that the man had an open container of alcohol in the pickup truck.
The Marion Police say that an alcohol test showed that the man’s blood alcohol level measured at least 0.30 percent.
The County Sheriff says that the man’s death was self-inflicted. A medical examiner was called to the jail. Agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are reportedly looking into the matter.
Source: Greensboro News and Record, “Inmate hangs himself in McDowell County jail cell,” The McDowell News, June 26, 2012