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March 12, 2014

Autopsy report: County jail death is ruled an 'accident'

ENID, Okla. — An autopsy report for a 26-year-old Enid woman found dead in a county jail cell last November lists the manner of her death as an “accident.”  

The report for Jordan Lindsey Leigh Thompson, who was found unresponsive in a cell Nov. 16 at the Garfield County Detention Facility, also shows the woman had hydrocodone and alprazolam in her system at the time of her death.

The probable cause of death is listed as “mixed drug toxicity” due to hydrocodone with alprazolam.

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. Nov. 15, 2013, 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.

At the time, Sheriff Jerry Niles said Thompson filled out a questionnaire that included questions asking if she had any medical needs or injuries requiring attention.

He said Thompson was placed into a holding cell with six to 10 other women who were being processed into the jail the night of Nov. 15, 2013. Niles said jail staff were in and out of the cell throughout the night, moving people in and out of the cell. Thompson was discovered about 4:30 a.m. by jail staff.

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