Man awaiting hearing dies at Anne Arundel jail

January 16, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun reporter

A 49-year-old Odenton man awaiting a court hearing on traffic charges died yesterday morning at an Anne Arundel County jail, authorities said.

According to court records, Michael B. McCormick was intoxicated when he arrived late for a court hearing Monday, and District Judge Megan B. Johnson ordered him to spend the night at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis.

When a corrections officer arrived about 7:25 a.m. yesterday to take him to the courthouse, McCormick was "standing up and ready to go," said Robin Harting, superintendent of the Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities. "As the door was opened, he said he didn't feel well and leaned against a shelf."

Harting said McCormick's knees buckled, and a county spokeswoman said he fell to the floor and turned blue. The corrections officer, a former paramedic, initiated CPR. McCormick was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be performed. Harting said a medical screening when he was admitted to the jail did not indicate any urgent medical conditions.

He was the second inmate to die at the Jennifer Road facility this month, following the apparent suicide of an Annapolis man Jan. 4.

McCormick, of the 500 block of Lisa Ave., was facing charges stemming from a Sept. 27 traffic accident in the 1400 block of Annapolis Road. He allegedly failed to control his speed to avoid a collision and failed to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury.

Court records indicated that McCormick's blood alcohol content at the court hearing was 0.32 percent, four times the legal limit.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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