FARMINGTON — An inmate at the Davis County Jail suffered head injuries in the early morning hours Monday, the jail said in a press release.
The man, who was not identified in the release, entered the jail around 2 a.m. after he was arrested by Layton Police officers. LPD reported the man was allegedly suicidal and had previously been taken to a hospital for an evaluation. After being cleared by the hospital, he was booked into the Davis County Jail on an outstanding warrant.
At the jail, the man was placed in an observation cell so officers could monitor him. As a deputy was watching, the man reportedly stepped up onto a bench and fell backward, hitting his head on the concrete floor. The man fell before the deputy could get into the cell and reach him.
The deputy immediately began medical care for the man, who was unconscious after the fall but later regained consciousness.
The man was flown via medical helicopter to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. As of Monday, the man remains in the custody of the Davis County Jail, and deputies accompanied the man to the hospital, according to the release. The man is still in the care of the Murray hospital, according to Chief Deputy Susan Poulsen of the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.
The Davis County Sheriff’s Office has notified the Davis County Attorney’s Office and the Farmington Police Department as part of the investigation into the incident. The sheriff’s office said they have taken precautions to protect the integrity of the scene so state crime lab investigators can properly document the cell.
The investigation into the man’s injuries is ongoing.