BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- A man died Wednesday night after being booked into the Brazos County Jail, according to the Brazos County Sheriff's office.
In a release, the sheriff's office said that Johnny Dewayne Hall, 39, from Bryan, was taken to CHI St. Joseph around 11 o'clock Wednesday night. He was pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m. in the emergency room.
The sheriff's office said Hall had been arrested at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday and was charged with fleeing from a police officer and tampering with physical evidence.
A police report states officers were trying to stop Hall after he allegedly ran a stop sign. Hall then proceeded to refuse to stop for police officers. At the end of their pursuit, officers noticed Hall throw something out of his vehicle. Officers later found an empty plastic baggie next to the roadway. The baggie had been ripped open and smelled of fresh cocaine.
According to the police report, officers checked Hall's mouth to see if there were any signs that he consumed the contents of the bag, but that didn't seem to be the case.
After Hall arrived at the jail, staff members noticed that he was disoriented while in the intake area. They called for jail medical staff, who came and checked his vital signs.
According to the sheriff's office, after that medical evaluation, medical staff decided to call for an ambulance.
The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office has initiated an internal investigation into the incident, and the Texas Rangers have also been asked to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. The Texas Jail Commission has been notified, as required by state statute.
Additionally, the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Tommy Munoz, has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. A Custodial Death Report will be forwarded to the Texas Attorney General. These investigations are standard procedure following a custodial death.