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HC Jail inmate dies at hospital

An inmate incarcerated at the Harrison County Jail had to be transported by air ambulance to Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, where he was later pronounced dead.
Jerod Draper, 40, Georgetown, was arrested at about 4 a.m. Thursday in Corydon following a vehicle pursuit.
While taking him into custody, sheriff’s deputies noticed blood coming from superficial cuts on Draper’s wrists, according to a press release issued by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Draper told deputies he was suicidal and had inflicted the injuries on himself.
Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene, but Draper refused treatment. However, deputies reportedly followed policy and transported him to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon for a medical evaluation.
Draper was cleared from HCH after being evaluated by emergency room staff and booked into the jail at 5:35 a.m.
While being booked at the jail, Draper became agitated, began cursing staff and appeared to be intoxicated, according to the press release. He was placed in a cell under suicide watch without incident, according to the press release, but at about 7:30 a.m. was placed in a restraint chair after becoming violent.
About two hours later, after calming down, Draper was removed from the restraint chair. The press release states the staff noticed Draper was trembling and felt warm to the touch. A doctor was contacted and, after hearing Draper’s symptoms and learning Draper said he drank every day, Draper was prescribed Librium to counteract possible alcohol withdrawals.
Sometime after eating lunch at 11:12 a.m., Draper began walking around, and eventually spinning, in circles. The press release states he lost his balance and fell, resulting in him being placed back in a restraint chair. After disruptive behavior, jail staff deployed a Taser to attempt to gain compliance. That was followed by several ‘dry’ stuns that had little to no effect on Draper.
Jail staff determined Draper was possibly displaying symptoms of excited delirium and contacted EMS. At about 1:30 p.m., Draper became unconscious and CPR was started. He was transported back to HCH, where a preliminary drug screen revealed the presence of methamphetamine in Draper’s system. He was then airlifted to Norton hospital at about 4 p.m., according to the press release. He was pronounced dead by attending physicians at 8:01 p.m.
Draper’s body was taken to the Louisville Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The medical examiner’s preliminary findings are pending toxicology and other laboratory testing. A portion of what appeared to be clear plastic was found in Draper’s stomach, according to the press release.
A detailed release of the events involving Draper was released on the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.’s Facebook page and sent to multiple news agencies.
Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye said that was done only after speaking with family members of the deceased.
‘We put out everything that happened so it didn’t look like we were hiding anything,’ he said.
Seelye called the incident a tragedy for everyone involved.

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