Inmate injures himself during tantrum at Mercer jail



CELINA — An inmate at the Mercer County jail on Monday damaged government property — and himself — during an alcohol-fueled tantrum at the county lockup.

According to a statement issued by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Kevin McDonald, 38, of Rockford, was arrested Monday by Rockford Police Chief Paul May on a misdemeanor charge of inducing panic. Gray said McDonald was intoxicated when he arrived at the jail.

The sheriff said McDonald was placed in an intake cell, where he wrapped his arm with a blanket and used his arm to beat a window in the cell. After several violent strikes to the cell door window, the window shattered and McDonald split his arm open. Corrections staff placed him in a restraint chair to control him and keep from harming himself further before transporting him to Mercer Heath in Coldwater for treatment.

A report of the incident was completed and forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges for damaging the facility.

“In the last few years we have seen an increase in medical costs borne by the taxpayers as inmates harm themselves and destroy property,” stated Grey, “it is really unfair to the taxpayers.”


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