A Pekin man died Saturday of apparently natural causes while he was in custody at Tazewell County’s jail, the county sheriff said Monday.

Jared Traylor, 31, was found unresponsive in his segregated cell shortly after 10 a.m. and was pronounced dead a short time later, said Sheriff Robert Huston.

“It appears there were medical causes,” according to preliminary results of an autopsy, Huston said. Final results await a toxicology analysis.

The Illinois State Police has been assigned to investigate the jail-related death, Huston said.

Traylor, whose last listed address was in the 1700 block of North 12th Street, had been in custody at the county Justice Center since Tuesday, when Fondulac Park District police officers arrested him on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a petition to revoke his probation. He was convicted in June 2016 of unlawful use of a credit card.

He was charged Thursday with resisting a police officer, said park district Police Chief Mike Johnson. Traylor allegedly ran from the officer who stopped a vehicle in which he was a passenger, said Johnson. Traylor then struggled on the ground with the officer and several others who had arrived, Johnson said.

“He was not struck” or jolted with a Taser during the arrest, Johnson said.

Huston said Traylor was kept alone in a segregated cell “because he resisted arrest and was uncooperative” while being booked into the jail.

From shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday until he was found unconscious, Huston said Traylor was seen by jail staff 14 times, all in the course of regular procedures.
Traylor spoke with staff members, including a nurse who administered prescribed medicine to him. He was monitored by a security camera at all times and did not complain of any medical problems “that I’m aware of,” Huston said.

On Tuesday, “He said he hurt all over,” after he was placed in a squad car following his arrest, Johnson said. Officers took him to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he remained under observation for several hours before he was released to be taken to jail, Johnson said.

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