Man dies in county jail after arrest


By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

A long-time Crescent City resident died of unknown causes in the Del Norte County Jail over the past weekend.

Fifty-year-old Allen Paul Peters was arrested at 6:48 p.m. by the Crescent City Police Department on Saturday for public intoxication and an outstanding civil warrant.

Peters was booked into the county jail at 6:56 p.m. While under observation, he was non-responsive, meaning he was not breathing. He was pronounced dead at 8:59 p.m. at Sutter Coast Hospital.

The Del Norte County District Attorney's Office and the Del Norte County Coroner's Office are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of Peters' death.

Del Norte County Sheriff and Coroner Dean Wilson said a couple weeks will be needed to find out what actually killed Peters.

andquot;There's nothing the pathologist could clearly see as to what caused his death,andquot; Wilson said. However, he added that they know the cause wasn't a heart attack or something else easily discernable.

Investigators now must wait for toxicology reports, which could take weeks to receive, Wilson said.

andquot;We're just waiting on the toxicology,andquot; he said, andquot;and hopefully that will give us some insight into the cause of death.andquot;

Crescent City Police reports on Peters' arrest were not immediately available.

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