A 39-year-old man died Wednesday night after being booked into the Brazos County Jail.
According to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, jail staff noticed Johnny Dewayne Hall, of Bryan, was disoriented upon his arrival to the jail.
Hall was taken to St. Joseph’s around 11 p.m. and was pronounced dead just before midnight.
A police report says Hall was arrested at 9:05 p.m. and charged with fleeing from a police officer and tampering with physical evidence.
Authorities say Hall refused to stop for police after running a stop sign. A pursuit ensue and officers saw Hall throw something out of his vehicle. A baggie was later found on the side of the roadway.
Police checked Hall’s mouth to see if there were any signs that he consumed the contents of the bag, but they didn’t see anything that indicated it.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Tommy Munoz, has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of the death. The report will be forwarded to the Texas Attorney General.
The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office has initiated an internal investigation into the incident, and the Texas Rangers have been asked to conduct an independent investigation. The Texas Jail Commission has been notified, as is required by state statute.
The investigations are standard procedure following an in-custody death.