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Inmate at Davis County Jail dies in custody

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FARMINGTON — An inmate at the Davis County Jail died Tuesday morning, police say.

Matthew David Lach, 36, was booked on July 12 for investigation of domestic violence, intoxication and warrants. According to a news release from the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Lach was medically cleared by a local hospital and underwent an additional medical assessment at the jail.

Because of the jail’s current COVID-19 precautions, and Lach’s level of intoxication when he was booked, he was housed in a cell within one of the quarantine units, the sheriffs office said.

“Given Lach’s blood alcohol content level, additional medical assessments were provided by a registered nurse and Lach was scheduled to be seen by a doctor this morning,” the release reads.

However, early Tuesday morning Lach was found unresponsive in his cell. Despite officers from the Davis County Sheriff’s Office providing treatment to Lach, he was pronounced dead.

“Our hearts go out to the loved ones of the deceased. Public trust and accountability are priorities to our office, and the death of someone in our care and custody is never something we take lightly,” Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks said in a statement.

According to the release, Lach’s death will be investigated internally and by both an outside police agency and the state medical examiner’s office.