Inmate hangs self in MC Jail |

Inmate hangs self in MC Jail

Tyler Baskfield

— A Moffat County Jail inmate attempted suicide by hanging Thursday afternoon.
At 4:50 p.m. Moffat County Sheriff’s Department employees found 29-year-old Donny Arnett hanging in his cell. Arnett was breathing and conscious when he left the jail on a stretcher, and was taken by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital. Arnett was listed in stable condition this morning.
Arnett was booked into the jail on second-degree burglary, theft and forgery charges. He was being held on a $20,000 bond.
Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said Arnett was fortunate to live.
“It was a serious attempt,” said Hoberg. “He was lucky that we had several people working in the jail that were close enough to get him down in time.”
Hoberg wouldn’t comment on what Arnett used to hang himself with, but said the Sheriff’s Department will conduct an internal investigation into the incident.
Hoberg said the age of the jail facility did not contribute to the attempted suicide. Law enforcement agencies are planning to move into a new jail facility in 2001 when the public safety center is built.
Sgt. Dean Herndon and detention officers Nolene Faulk and Harry Blakeman were on duty at the time of the attempted suicide.
According to Hoberg, Arnett slept most of the night at the hospital and will undergo X-ray tests this morning along with a mental health screening. The screening will determine whether Arnett returns to jail or goes to a mental health facility.
If Arnett returns to jail, Hoberg said he will be placed on a suicide watch.