The Douglas County Department of Corrections reported that 65-year-old Robert Basten, of Zwingle, Iowa, was found unresponsive Wednesday morning in a housing unit of the Douglas County Department of Corrections. Paramedics responded, and Basten was pronounced dead at the jail.
Basten had been held in the jail since May 2 on a charge of flight to avoid arrest in Douglas County. Officials say he also was facing pending charges from Dodge County for flight to avoid arrest, theft of services, and willful reckless driving.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Nebraska law also requires a grand jury investigation when someone dies in custody.