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POLSON — Lake County Jail inmate Richard Davis attempted to hang himself in the Lake County Jail Sept. 25.

According to Undersheriff Daniel Yonkin, Davis was being held on a probation violation charge stemming from an original charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. On Sept. 12 at 9:45 a.m., Davis tried to escape after a bond hearing in District Court by running down the courthouse stairs. He was stopped by detention officers before reaching the landing, and was subsequently charged with attempted escape, a felony. 

Davis was on a supervisory watch when the suicide attempt took place. Yonkin explained that a supervisory watch is not a medical or suicide watch, but is instead used in cases of destructive inmates. 

“It’s used in cases of problem inmates who vandalize the cell, cover the camera with toilet paper, things like that,” Yonkin said. 

Davis was checked on every 15 minutes. In between two of these checks, he was able to get an article of clothing around his neck and strangle himself. He was unconscious when law enforcement officers entered the cell and was immediately transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Polson where he was treated and released. 

Davis continues to be held in Lake County Jail and is now on suicide watch. 

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