Saline County officials in Arkansas have paid $345,000 in a settlement to the brother of a 30-year-old diabetic man who died in 2015 while being detained at a county detention center.
Thirty-year-old Donovan Arras was a Type One diabetic but while in custody at the Saline County Detention Center jail staff and administrators didn’t give him proper medication despite bring fully aware of Arras’ health concerns.
Arras was arrested Nov. 7, 2015, for a parole violation. He died eight days later from diabetic ketoacidosis.
According to the wrongful death lawsuit obtained by bentoncourier.com, Arras experienced symptoms of needing his medication, including vomiting, weakness, failure to eat, unresponsiveness and lack of movement.
He was allegedly given Promethazine without having his blood sugar recorded and was kept in the same holding cell until his death on Nov. 15.
Below is a timeline of Arras’ final hours, according to bentoncourier.com.
• A guard checked on Arras around 11 a.m. Nov. 15 by nudging him on the shoulder before leaving the cell.
• Around 1 p.m., a food tray was delivered by two guards, but the well-being of Arras was not checked.
• Around 3:15 p.m. a guard entered the cell to place a blanket over Arras, covering his naked body before leaving.
• At 5:35 p.m. a guard checked to see if Arras was responsive and checked his pulse. It is then that additional personnel was dispatched to the cell and Arras was rolled to his back.
• Benton, Arkansas Fire Department and rescue teams arrived on scene at 5:45 p.m. and he was pronounced dead.
“He wasn’t perfect. And he was a criminal at times. He may have deserved a lot of bad things, but I don’t believe anybody truly deserves to die or suffer the way he did,” brother Joshua Arras said, via Fox 16.
Saline County, Arkansas is located to the southwest of Little Rock and the population was 107,118 at the 2010 census.