The February death of a Douglasville man shortly after his arrest and booking into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center has been ruled an accident, according to a Cobb medical examiner report.
Jessie Daunte Myles, 31, was arrested in the early morning hours of Feb. 23 after Marietta Police officers stopped a white Dodge Ram for failure to maintain lane on Interstate 75 south near Delk Road, the MDJ previously reported.
He was booked in the Cobb jail, but later while in custody had an “as-yet unexplained medical event” and was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was admitted and later died, Officer Chuck McPhilamy, spokesperson for Marietta Police, previously told the MDJ.
In a report released Tuesday morning by the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office, Myles’ cause of death was “complications of acute cocaine intoxication” after consuming “illicit drugs while under arrest,” with his manner of death ruled an accident.
Toxicology tests on Myles were positive for alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and naloxone, the latter a medication for reversal of opioid intoxication, the report said. Investigators in their tests also found metabolites of nicotine, cocaine and marijuana.
The autopsy also found that injuries to Myles’ body, found on both shoulder blades, the midline of the back and forearms and right knee were due to his body slamming against a wall at the onset of the seizure episode.
While he was being taken to the Cobb jail after his arrest, Myles removed a baggie from his pocket and swallowed it, with video capturing the incident, according to the report.
Additional video, it says, later shows Myles in a holding cell at 3 a.m. Feb. 23 and initially appearing normal for a few hours before suddenly developing “seizure-like activity” just after 6:30 a.m. Emergency medical services were called at 6:44 a.m., with hospital transport at 7:07 a.m. and arrival at WellStar Kennestone Hospital at 7:19 a.m., the report said.
Myles was pronounced dead about two days after his admission to the hospital.
“Upon displaying signs of physical distress, Mr. Myles was immediately provided medical assistance,” Glenn Daniel, spokesperson for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, previously told the MDJ, adding the sheriff’s office along with the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office and Marietta Police Department was investigating the incident.
When asked after the report’s release Tuesday if the sheriff’s office wished to weigh in on the medical examiner’s findings, Daniel said, “Our investigation is continuing and we can not comment at this time.”
Myles had been a passenger in the pulled-over Dodge Ram and was found to have an outstanding warrant, according to a Marietta Police report. As they searched Myles during his arrest, authorities discovered in his possession a vape pen containing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the primary psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, according to a warrant taken out less than three hours after the incident.
Two other deaths of Cobb inmates in recent months remain under investigation by the medical examiner’s office.
On Dec. 20, 54-year-old Reginald Wilson was arrested after a Cobb County police officer said he was found standing in the roadway in front of Cobb Hospital dressed in hospital scrubs with socks but no shoes. The officer reported finding an arrest warrant for a probation violation and took him to jail.
Nine days later, he was dead.
“Mr. Wilson was found unresponsive around 12 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2018, and was given immediate medical assistance,” Daniel previously said.
Bradley Emory, a 33-year-old man from Marietta, was arrested Dec. 14 on drug charges. After about three months in Cobb County’s jail, he was declared brain dead.
Medical examination reports on both men remain pending.