- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an inmate had ingested drugs before becoming unresponsive in the Black Hawk County Jail and later dying in a Waterloo hospital.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that an inquiry into the death of 34-year-old James Terrell Taylor on March 7 found he’d ingested drugs before his arrest.

He was taken to the jail after being arrested on two warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

Taylor became unresponsive in a jail intake area. A deputy who found Taylor provided emergency aid, and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined the cause of death was acute amphetamine and methamphetamine intoxication.

The death was ruled accidental.

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