by SEAN KIMMONS
A Hays County jail prisoner went into cardiac arrest soon after he was arrested for drug charges, and later died at Central Texas Medical Center Friday morning, authorities say.
Chance Roy Donnelly, 32, of San Marcos, was arrested around 3:30 a.m. on two counts of possession of a controlled substance at the Whataburger, located near the intersection of Texas 123 and Interstate 35, San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said Monday.
San Marcos police officers took Donnelly, who had .2 grams of cocaine and four pills of oxycontin on him, to the jail but was initially refused entry. The officers then transported Donnelly to CTMC hospital, where he was medically cleared, Williams said.
At about 6:20 a.m., Donnelly was booked into the jail. Three hours later, he went into cardiac arrest and was transported back to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 10:20 a.m., authorities say.
It’s still unclear on what caused the death of Donnelly, who had a long rap sheet of drug, assault and theft charges, among other charges.
“He was medically cleared with the hospital but later dies,” Williams said. “We’ll basically have to wait until the autopsy report comes out to know the cause of death.”
Both the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and San Marcos police are investigating the incident.
A San Marcos High School graduate in 1997, Donnelly attended all of his school years in San Marcos, where he played football and pole vaulted, according to his obituary. Donnelly worked as a dental sales representative for the Benco Dental Company and is survived by his wife Margaret and daughter Kimberly, the obituary says.
A visitation service for Donnelly is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomason Funeral Home at 2001 Ranch Road 12 in San Marcos. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Chance Roy Donnelly Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo for his daughter Kimberly, the obituary says.
SEAN KIMMONS is a senior reporter at the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the Mercury.