Investigation into Medical Incidents inside the Bartholomew County Jail Results in Felony Charges

On Monday, February 26th , at approximately 5:30 p.m., Bartholomew County Corrections Officers
observed two inmates in medical distress, and immediately began emergency response procedures. It
was determined that the inmates were suffering from an overdose, with one requiring the
administration of Narcan. Both inmates were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where they
were treated and returned to the jail.
Nursing staff from the jail were subsequently dispatched to the block, where they proceeded to evaluate
each inmate for signs of medical distress. An additional two inmates within the same cell showed
symptoms of impairment and were also taken to the hospital as a precaution.
“The safety and wellbeing of the inmates is our number one priority. I commend my Corrections staff
for utilizing their training, and adhering to policy and procedure in responding to this incident. Their
quick action demonstrates professionalism and dedication to caring for those under their supervision.”
said Sheriff Lane.
An immediate investigation was initiated, and a suspect was identified within hours of the incident.
Corrections staff and JNET (Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team) detectives worked through the night and
throughout the following day conducting interviews, which resulted in a confession from the suspect.
“I understand that the public wants to know immediately when these instances occur. However,
because this was an ongoing investigation, details could not be immediately released. It is my
responsibility to maintain the integrity of the investigation and ensure that the individual(s) responsible
for trafficking these illegal substances are held accountable.” stated Sheriff Lane.
Jail Commander Capt. Justin Arnholt recognized the excellent work of his staff saying, “Throughout the
nation it is a constant struggle for correctional facilities to keep narcotics out of their cell blocks. I am
extremely proud of my staff and their work during this incident which could have had a much worse
outcome if they had not taken the actions they did.”
As a result of this investigation Dai Von Coram 27yo of Columbus faces an allegation of: Dealing in
Narcotic Drug Level 4 Felony, Trafficking with an Inmate Level 5 Felony and Obstruction of Justice Level 6
Felony. Coram is being held on $80,000 bond.

This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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