Inmate dies at county jail

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 29, 2003

An inmate, identified as Daniel K. Legere, 31, of Andalusia was found dead Sunday at the Covington County Jail, according to officials with the Covington County Sheriff's Department.

Legere was arrested Saturday for public intoxication by an officer with the Andalusia Police Department.

Legere was too intoxicated to give authorities any information, according to a police report for the day of arrest. The report stated Legere was "carried straight to the jail, because he was so highly intoxicated that he was in no shape to be processed."

"He was picked while highly intoxicated, and he was taken straight to the jail," Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams confirmed.

Williams added his department determined that to attempt to process Legere was "just not feasible."

"At approximately 4:51 p.m. on Saturday an officer (with the APD) responded to a complaint on the corner of North Cotton Street and College Street regarding an intoxicated person," Williams said. "The officer found (the suspect) extremely unsteady, with the speech slurred and incoherent.

"The officer's supervisor was called to the scene for back up after the suspect was taken into custody," Williams continued. "At approximately 5:05 p.m. the suspect was admitted into the facility, and the officer attempted to place Legere into the (jail) cell. The suspect passed out and fell to the floor. The officer managed to get assistance from a trustee to get the suspect into the cell."

Legere wasn't easy to get into the cell, and he required extra assistance, according to Williams.

"He was moved into the cell, but (the officers) were unable to put him in bed," he said. "They pulled the mattress off and put it on the floor for him to sleep."

The only identification for the suspect was gathered through items found in his pockets, said Williams.

"They searched and removed his wallet, a pocket knife, and several other pieces of property," he said.

According to Williams, the APD officer let officials know of the suspect's condition and intoxication.

"The officer spoke with an employee (with the county) prior to leaving and informed the person of (the suspect's) condition."

The case is currently under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, according to county officials. The cause of death hasn't been determined, and Legere's body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.