The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 18, 2013

Sheriff, report shed light on jail death

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — It could be weeks before an autopsy report determines the cause of death of a woman found unresponsive at Garfield County jail this weekend.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said his office, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Jail Inspection Division of Department of Human Services are investigating the death of 26-year-old Jordan Lindsey Leigh Thompson early Saturday morning.

Thompson was placed under arrest on complaints of driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment, driving left of center and failure to maintain insurance or security verification following a 6 p.m. Friday collision in the 2200 block of West Broadway.

According to an Enid Police Department collision report, Thompson told officers she was eastbound on Broadway when her 3-year-old son got upset and threw a “Bug Juice” bottle while she was driving and hit her.

Thompson said it startled her, causing her to swerve to the left and hit a parked vehicle, knocking it into another parked vehicle.

The report lists Thompson as suffering “no injury” in the collision. The responding officer wrote in the arrest report he asked Thompson “if she needed to be treated for any injuries and she stated no.” Her son had a non-incapacitating head injury from the crash, and Thompson told EPD officers her mother had taken him to Integris Bass Baptist Hospital for treatment for a facial injury, according to the report.

Officer Kelly Smith noted in the report Thompson’s movements to be “lethargic” and her eyelids “appeared to be very heavy.”

Thompson underwent three field-sobriety tests at the scene, each time showing signs of intoxication, according to the report. She was placed under arrest and taken to an area hospital to have blood drawn.

Thompson told Officer Charles Daniels she had taken three hydrocodone at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the arrest report. She also said she had taken three alprazolam at an unknown time.

Thompson was taken to Garfield County Detention Facility and booked after having blood drawn at Bass.

Niles said Thompson was booked into the jail and processed Friday evening.

“She filled out a questionnaire that included if she had any medical injuries or if she had anything that she needed looked at,” the sheriff said. “She did advise us what prescription drugs she was on and when she took them last.”

He said Thompson was placed into a holding cell with six to 10 other women who were being processed into the jail Friday night. Niles said jail staff were in and out of the cell throughout the night moving people in and out of the cell.

He said of Thompson: “She laid down and went to sleep.”

Niles said Thompson was discovered unresponsive by jail staff about 4:30 a.m.

“She did not respond when asked to grab a tray for breakfast,” he said. “Staff shook her, but she did not respond.”

Hourly checks are conducted on each cell, including the holding cell where Thompson was being held, Niles said.

“That cell has a live-feed video camera observed by two separate officers,” he said.

Niles said OSBI, DHS Jail Inspection Division and Medical Examiner were each called as part of protocol and procedure.

Thompson was born in Tahlequah but raised in Enid.

Thompson’s sister, Brittany Baine, said she quit her job a week ago at FedEx, where she was a delivery driver.

“She was a hard worker, and she was dedicated to everything she did,” Baine said.

Along with her son, Thompson is survived by her 6-year-old daughter and husband, Jesus Calvillo.

Baine said she “was an amazing mom. She loved her kids more than anything in the world.”

Staff Writer Alex Ewald contributed to this story.