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Sheriff: Man arrested for public intoxication dies in jail lobby

David Hartzell, 62, was arrested by Little Rock police and booked into the Pulaski County jail for public intoxication at 11 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office. (Photo: KATV)

Pulaski County deputies say a man who was jailed for public intoxication and released hours later died in the Pulaski County Regional Facility lobby Tuesday morning.

David Hartzell, 62, was arrested by Little Rock police and booked into the Pulaski County jail for public intoxication at 11 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office. His arrest comes after a Little Rock officer reported finding Hartzell asleep in his vehicle in the 7500 block of Cantrell. According to a police report, the officer says Hartzell had a severe odor of intoxicants, slurred speech and was unable to answer questions.

On Tuesday at approximately 4:30 a.m., he was released from the facility, but authorities say Hartzell stayed in the lobby of the release area while waiting for a ride or seeking shelter from the cold.

At approximately 7 a.m., a person in the lobby contacted jail staff to let them know Hartzell appeared to be in distress. Medical staff and MEMS were responded, but the sheriff's office says Hartzell died on scene.

Authorities say they are investigating the incident.

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