Officials: Inmate found unresponsive in restraint chair dies

Officials say a Kentucky jail inmate is dead after he was found unresponsive in a restraint chair.

The Advocate-Messenger reports ( that Casey County Coroner Curt Demrow says 34-year-old Jerry Dale Hardwick was discovered by jailers on Tuesday evening.

Demrow says Hardwick had been brought to the jail earlier in the day by the county sheriff's office.

He says Hardwick was being restrained in the chair because of combative behavior.

Trooper Billy Gregory says Kentucky State Police are conducting an investigation into the death, which he says is believed to be due to natural causes. The cause of death is pending toxicology results.

Sheriff Jerry Coffman says Hardwick had been arrested on several charges including public intoxication and fleeing or evading police on foot.


Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger,