Hospital treated man hours before jail death


By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

A Crescent City man who died Saturday in the Del Norte County Jail was on medication given to him by doctors at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Allan Paul Peters received treatment at the hospital earlier in the day for a bump on his head, according to the Crescent City Police report released Wednesday. Peters was given a shot of Dilaudid, a powerful pain reliever similar to Demerol, and released at 4:04 p.m.

Two hours and 44 minutes later Crescent City Police arrested the 50-year-old Peters because he was seen stumbling through the streets around Cooper Avenue.

When police apprehended Peters he was wearing a foam neck brace and had blood on his forehead.

andquot;I just got out of the hospital,andquot; Peters is reported as saying. But when asked if he needed medical attention, he refused.

Officers took Peters to jail where he was booked.

While under the observation of deputies, Peters' was found to be unresponsive.

He was pronounced dead at Sutter Coast Hospital at 8:59 p.m., almost five hours after initially leaving the facility.

The following day Crescent City Police officers attempted to trace Peters' path from the hospital to where they found him on Cooper Hill.

Their search yielded Peters' hat, crushed beer cans and a crumpled receipt from Y Liquor.

Peters' death is still under investigation.

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