- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Officials say a Tulsa County Jail inmate who suffered a broken neck and other injuries harmed himself, damaged his holding cell and refused offers for medical care before personnel took him to the hospital.

The 38-year-old was admitted to the hospital the night of May 2 after he jumped off the top bunk in an isolation cell and briefly lost consciousness, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1sCxjM0 ) reported.

Sheriff Vic Regalado disclosed the matter to the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority on Wednesday.

Sgt. Virgil Collett said there wasn’t any wrongdoing by jail personnel in the incident.

Throughout the day, the inmate had been hitting his head and leaping from his bunk to other furniture, said Regalado.

“It was determined he needed to be taken to medical - even though he was saying he was fine - to be checked out,” Collett said. “So they put him in a wheelchair to take him to medical to be checked out and to have his wound treated, which was the bump in the front of his head from banging his head.”

Medical records show his injuries included neck, back, pelvis and rib fractures.

Prosecutors indefinitely dropped all charges against the man so that the county isn’t responsible for paying his future medical bills or having to station a guard at the hospital, Regalado said.

“Due to his injuries, he’s certainly not a threat to the public at this point in time,” Regalado said. “He’ll be receiving medical aid for quite some time.”


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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