Sheriff’s Office Identifies 32-Year-Old Jail Inmate Who Died at Hospital
(by James Lanaras) – The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has identified a county jail inmate who died in a hospital after his arrest in Wednesday as 32-year-old Michael Joe Medina of Sonoma County.
Sheriff’s deputies initially found him intoxicated in a vehicle in Windsor, towed the vehicle and took Medina to the county jail where he went into medical distress in the booking area shortly before his death, sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said.
Around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday deputies responded to a report of an intoxicated man urinating in the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant on Hembree Lane. The man then reportedly got back into a vehicle with fogged-up
windows as if he had been there a while, Crum said.
Deputies contacted the man, identified as Medina, around 9:15 a.m., determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself and arrested him for misdemeanor public intoxication, Crum said.
Medina’s car was towed and he was taken to the Sonoma County Jail around 9:50 a.m. The man went into medical distress around 12:25 p.m. while sitting in the booking area where he was treated by up to four correctional deputies and five jail medics, Crum said.
Medina was then taken to the hospital around 12:40 p.m. and Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center staff notified the sheriff’s office of his death at 1:07 p.m., Crum said.
Foul play is not suspected but the death is under investigation, Crum said. The Marin County coroner’s office will perform an autopsy.