Woman dies en route to jail, minutes after arrest in Columbia

Woman dies en route to jail, minutes after arrest in Columbia

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia woman died in police custody minutes after being arrested in Five Points after complaints she was running around in traffic and jumping on cars.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. The 49-year-old subject, whose identity has not been released, was being transported by the Columbia Police Department when she died.

After she was taken into custody, she kicked the window out of the first patrol car she was placed in, Watts said. She was then moved to a second patrol car and taken to meet a police department patrol wagon in the parking lot of Williams-Brice Stadium for transport to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

As officers opened the patrol vehicle door for the transfer to take place, the subject started screaming again and became unresponsive, the coroner said.

EMS was called and transported the individual to the Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital emergency room where she was pronounced dead at 3:28 p.m.

Watts is withholding the release of the woman's name until family can be contacted.

An autopsy conducted Wednesday shows no signs of trauma or any injuries to the subject and preliminary results point towards some type of drug overdose, Watts said.

SLED was called in to investigate because the incident occurred while the individual was in the custody of a law enforcement agency.

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