CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man is in critical condition after going into convulsions as he was being taken to jail.
Jeremy Thomas Rinehart, 33, of Oak Hill, was arrested for driving on a suspended license about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, said Michael Whisman, chief of the Oak Hill Police Department. After the arrest he was also charged with obstructing an officer and battery on a police officer.
Rinehart told police he had taken a large amount of drugs before the arrest, according to police.
Police took him to Plateau Medical Center, where he was treated and watched for over two hours, Whisman said.
After that, police were taking Rinehart to Southern Regional Jail. While in the cruiser the officers "experienced trouble" with Rinehart and called for backup, Whisman said. Officers also said the man was going into convulsions.
The Fayette County 911 Center sent an ambulance and West Virginia State Police, Whisman said.
Rinehart stopped breathing before the ambulance got there and police began CPR on him. He was finally taken to Raleigh General Hospital, where he was in critical condition on Monday afternoon, Whisman said.
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