A man died while in police custody early Sunday morning and the Galveston County deputies are closely looking into the matter.
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The Dickinson Police Department said that trouble began at around 2:45 a.m when officers responded to a minor accident in a business parking lot in the 4900 block of FM 517. A Dodge pickup truck backed into a tree and hit a building.
Officers found Jose Antonio Sanchez, 38, on the scene trying to drive the pickup truck in reverse in the parking lot of the business. Officers immediately noticed that Sanchez showed signs of intoxication when they removed him from the truck.
Sanchez was arrested and transported to Dickinson jail as part of SOPs. Sanchez was about to be given a breathalyzer test when officials said he accidentally fell over from his seat during an observation period.
Officers said that Sanchez was still alert and able to speak with prison staff and deputies. They did, however, notice a change in Sanchez’s breathing and EMS was called to the jail to check up on him. The officers then made the decision to bring Sanchez to the hospital. Unfortunately, while he was being placed in an ambulance, he experienced a cardiac arrest.
EMS promptly started CPR on Sanchez while he was being brought to Mainland Center Hospital where he later expired.
The probe is ongoing. The family of Sanchez has yet to speak on the matter. It is not yet clear if Sanchez has a prior health condition, and if it would have mattered if he was brought straight to the hospital instead of passing by the jail first.
It is not clear, though, if the police officers will have accountability for what happened to him. It is not established yet whether he showed clear signs of ill-health when he was arrested, or simply appeared intoxicated.