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Man Being Transported to Boulder Detox Facility Found Unresponsive in Transport Van

September 20, 2018

Longmont Times-Call

A man has been hospitalized in critical condition for almost two weeks after he was found unresponsive in a van being used to transport him to the detoxification center.

According to a release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the 23-year-old man from New York - whose name is not being released - was picked up by two Boulder County deputies after he was found intoxicated and “verbally belligerent” with officer at 9th Street and Canyon Boulevard at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

The deputies put the man into a marked sheriff’s jail transport van and transported him to the Addition Recovery Center on Airport Road near the Boulder County Jail.

When the deputies arrived and went to remove the man, they found he was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The two deputies, along with other first responders in the area, started CPR and were able to restore the man’s heartbeat.

The man was transported to Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital and later transferred to a Denver-area hospital. The sheriff’s office said he remains in critical condition and is still unconscious.

An investigation to determine what caused the man to lose consciousness and stop breathing has been launched and will be headed by the Longmont Police Department.

“It remains too early in the investigation to speculate or reach any conclusions about what led the man to lose consciousness and go into respiratory and cardiac arrest,” the sheriff’s office said in the release.

The two deputies, who are not being named, are 17- and 10-year veterans of the department.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329 , byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars .

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