Man dies from suspected overdose at Dane County Jail, police say

July 5, 2018

A 29-year-old inmate from Beaver Dam died early Wednesday in the Dane County Jail’s Public Safety Building, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies and jail medical staff noticed the man in medical distress, Lt. Kerry Porter said.

“The behaviors were consistent with a drug overdose,” Porter said, but a toxicology report has not yet been completed.

The man’s name had not been released pending family notification.

He was recently arrested following a crash for fourth-offense operating while intoxicated causing injury, as well as for an alleged probation violation, Porter said.

Porter said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating, with assistance from Fitchburg police, whether injuries sustained in the crash were a factor in the death.

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