Owed: $126,220.06

May 22, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Baltimore County just got the largest hospital bill it has ever received for the medical care of someone in police custody -- $126,220.06.

The bill covers services for a 20-year-old Owings Mills man who was arrested and charged with stealing a Porsche 968 at gunpoint from the lot at a Reisterstown car dealership on Jan. 20.

The man tried to hang himself in his cell at the Garrison police station lockup on Jan. 26.

According to police spokesman E. Jay Miller, other inmates yelled for help. Two officers found the man hanging by a strip of blanket knotted around the bar above the cellblock doorway. They pulled him down, and he was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he lingered for one month. He died on Feb. 25, according to county police.

Included in the bill from lawyers representing the University of Maryland Medical System Corp. is a basic $45,000 charge for the bed, $36,400 for pharmacy supplies, $11,900 for medical-surgical fees, $11,300 for lab work, $3,500 for blood and $700 for physical therapy.

The county has 30 days to pay the bill. Deputy County Attorney Stanley J. Schapiro said no decision will be made about the charge until next week. He added, however, that the county is generally responsible for medical care of the people in police or detention center custody.

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