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Authorities Investigate Death of Inmate At Box Elder Co Jail
BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah — Authorities are investigating the death of a man booked into the Box Elder County Jail over the weekend.
Rex Iverson was found dead in his cell after being booked on an outstanding warrant from the Tremonton City Justice Court Saturday afternoon.
At about noon, Iverson was arrested in Bear River City and taken to the Box Elder County Jail where he was processed through pre-booking and placed in a holding cell, according to a press release from Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office.
Utah Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Jailed for $2400 Unpaid Medical
Utah Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Jailed for $2400 Unpaid Medical Bills
Rex Iverson was put in the Box Elder County Jail when he didn’t pay an ambulance bill. The next day, he was dead.
Iverson didn’t have the money to pay bail much less the $2,376.92 bill to the Tremonton City Ambulance service. There was an attempt to to garnish his wages, “but he didn’t have a job, that we knew of,” City treasurer Sharri Oyler explained.
“We go to great lengths to never arrest anybody on these warrants,” Elder County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Ward told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. “The reason we do that is we don’t want to run a debtors’ prison. There is no reason for someone to be rotting in jail on a bad debt.”