Autopsy: Alcohol withdrawal is cause of inmate death

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WLS) -- An autopsy shows that alcohol withdrawal was the cause of death for an Indiana woman who died while in police custody after being arrested for a DUI.

Rachel Barnes. 33. Was found unresponsive at the LaPorte County Jail in April.

Barnes, of Valparaiso, was arrested after driving into a pond.

Investigators say her blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit.

The LaPorte County coroner ruled that she died from a seizure brought on by alcohol withdrawal.