Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Police investigating death of jail inmate

Kansas City detectives are investigating the death of a 51-year-old man who died at a hospital after collapsing while in jail.

Allen L. Streit, 51, was arrested on Monday at 4:45 p.m. after officers pulled him over at Roberts Street and Indiana Avenue in Northeast. Streit was a passenger and was questioned after the vehicle responded with warrants. Streit was removed from the car and while being interviewed by the officers, swallowed what officers said looked like a plastic bag.

Officers found plastic bags containing what preliminarily appeared to be methamphetamine in a container Streit had in the car. Streit was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and a municipal warrant for passing bad checks.

At about 8:30 this Tuesday, a detective was trying to question Streit about the narcotics. The detective said Streit was acting strangely and would not leave the detention area with him. Officials alerted the detention staff about his condition and before Streit could be returned to his cell he collapsed.

Jail staff began immediate life saving measures and notified MAST. Streit was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

The investigation is still on going.

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