A female inmate died Sunday at the Surry County Jail in Dobson, authorities said Tuesday.
Ashley Michelle Hicks, 31, had a medical emergency inside the jail, the Surry County Sheriff's Office said. Detention officers found Hicks and began emergency medical care, the sheriff's office said.
Surry County emergency medical technicians were called to scene to assist, the sheriff's office said. However, Hicks died at the jail.
The sheriff's office has notified the State Bureau of Investigation and the N.C. Jail Inspector's office about Hicks' death, the sheriff's office said. The SBI is investigating the incident.
Hicks was brought to the jail about 5 p.m. Sunday by Mount Airy police for failure to appear in court on a driving-while-impaired charge, said Capt. Scott Hudson of the sheriff’s office.
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Hudson referred questions about Hicks' death to the SBI.
Sheriff Steven C. Hiatt and the staff at the sheriff's office "send their condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family," the sheriff's office said.