Man Found Unresponsive in Guernsey County Jail Cell

by Emily Baird on September 23, 2009

The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office says a Loudenville man is found dead at the Guernsey County Jail. It happened Monday morning, about six hours after the man was arrested.

WHIZ’s Emily Baird has more.

Guernsey County Sheriff, Mike McCauley, says the Cambridge Police Department received a complaint around 5:30 a.m Monday morning of a car going through a yard on Southgate Parkway.

When the responding officer arrived, McMauley says they found several weapons, ammunition, pharmaceutical drugs, and a little bit of marijuana inside 44-year-old Larry Johnson’s car.

“The individual was found outside the vehicle, appeared to be very intoxicated, and was arrested on numerous local charges, ” says McCauley.

Johnson was then brought to the Guernsey County Jail, and McCauley says he was very uncooperative with authorities.

“It’s not unusual for us to deal with intoxicated or persons who are under the influence of something, ” says McCauley.

McCauley says Johnson was placed in a detox cell and monitored closely throughout the morning.

“He was seen at 11 a.m. and was fine, sleeping. (The same officer) checked again at 11:15, and he was unresponsive, ” says McCauley.

McCauley says CPR was administered and Johnson was taken to to Southeastern Ohio Med, but he was pronounced dead.

When asked why Johnson wasn’t taken to the hospital at the time of the arrest, McCauley replied:

“I think the officers make the determination at the time of the arrest-no. Would we second guess ourselves right now? That would be improper for me to say, ” says McCauley.

Cause of death has not yet been determined. An autopsy was performed Tuesday. McCauley says his office is awaiting results.

I’m Emily Baird for WHIZ News.

McCauley says his office is conducting an investigation surrounding the incident. He says it’s too early to say if anyone in his office will be reprimanded.