Inmate dies in hospital from brain hemorrhage |

Inmate dies in hospital from brain hemorrhage

Amy Hamilton

A 44-year-old Craig man died in the hospital four days after complaining of dizziness while incarcerated at the Moffat County Jail.

Dean Harrison died of natural causes from a brain hemorrhage caused by hypertension, according to an autopsy. The report also stated Harrison had a history of hypertension and that he had had brain surgery recently.

Harrison was booked into the county jail on July 22. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and a number of other traffic violations.

On Aug. 3, Harrison complained to jail staff about having a headache and being dizzy. He was taken to The Memorial Hospital and later transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where staff performed brain surgery. But the surgery was not successful and Harrison died Aug. 7, according to the autopsy.

Jail Administrator Lt. Dean Herndon said Harrison was granted medical attention immediately. Herndon said Harrison failed to indicate any medical problems on a mandatory form while being booked into the jail.

“We had no knowledge of those kinds of medical problems,” Herndon said.

Harrison had formerly served two 1-year work release terms from the Moffat County Jail. Harrison had incurred seven drinking and driving violations in the past and had faced another drunken-driving offense from a July 20 arrest. Harrison bonded out of jail but was rearrested on similar charges two days later.

Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said he authorized the autopsy because Harrison was in jail at the time he reported feeling pain.

Grant said Harrison’s incarceration had nothing to do with the inmate’s death.

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031.

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