Man arrested over speeding ticket dies shortly after being released from jail

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 5:25pm

A 41-year-old man who was arrested for not appearing in court over a speeding ticket reportedly died yesterday shortly after he was released from jail.

According to arrest reports, Anthony Wilson of Baldwin, was arrested on Friday, April 26 shortly before 1:00 a.m. He was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by a St. Mary Parish deputy for improper lane usage.

Wilson had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on the charge of speeding. He was arrested and booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center.

Officials say the arrest was “uneventful and deputies were not made aware of any medical condition of concern.”

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, Wilson collapsed in the common area of the cell block. Medical personnel say he was unresponsive, so he was transported to a local medical center for treatment.

Wilson was examined and some tests were issued. He was then brought back to the jail and placed in an observation area, where he was reportedly monitored by medical staff.

At 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, deputies discovered that Wilson was incoherent and in need of medical attention. He was then transported to a different local hospital and further examined by staff.

At this point Wilson was officially released from custody from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office to “help facilitate his treatment and to eliminate the need for transport back to the jail.”

Officials were notified at 5:30 p.m. that Wilson had passed away. No information has been provided regarding the official cause of death.

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