Autopsy: Scott County inmate died from brain hemorrhage

2010-07-29T11:49:00Z 2010-07-29T22:31:47Z Autopsy: Scott County inmate died from brain hemorrhageDustin Lemmon The Quad-City Times
July 29, 2010 11:49 am  • 

An autopsy has determined that Gregg Alan Kindelsperger, who became ill Friday while in custody at the Scott County Jail, died Saturday of an intracerebral hemorrhage.

The 51-year-old Princeton, Iowa, man was waiting to be booked into the jail on traffic violations when he became ill and deputies called for an ambulance.

Kindelsperger was transported to a local hospital and then to Iowa City, where he died Saturday. Darla Luchtenburg, a medical secretary at the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s office, said an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be intra-cerebral hemorrhage.

The most common cause of an intracerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain, is high blood pressure, according to the Internet Stroke Center based in St. Louis. Less common causes include trauma, infections, tumors, blood-clotting deficiencies and abnormalities in blood vessels.

Luchtenburg said she was not allowed to release other information, including Kindel-sperger’s blood-alcohol content level. He had been arrested Friday by Princeton police for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Scott County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Mike Brown said deputies have gathered reports about the incident, as well as video, and given them to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, or DCI. He said the DCI’s independent investigation is procedural, and he doesn’t expect it to take long.

“It’s a fairly understandable case,” he said.

Jessica Lown, a spokeswoman for DCI, confirmed that the sheriff’s department has asked them to review the case. She would not speculate on how long a review will take, but said their findings will be turned over to the Scott County Attorney.

Brown said Kindelsperger did not suffer any injuries while at the jail. He estimated that Kindelsperger was waiting in the booking area for less than an hour.

Brown said Kindelsperger was coherent, cooperative and able to communicate with jail staff.

“As far as inmates go, he was a good inmate,” Brown said.

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