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July 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Inmate who died in Snohomish County Jail identified

The female inmate who died Friday at the Snohomish County Jail tested at more than three times the legal blood-alcohol limit when she was arrested two days earlier, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman as Kathleen Ann Swann-Deutsch, 51, of Woodinville. Corrections staff members were doing hourly checks when they found her not breathing and unresponsive Friday night. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death is pending.

Swann-Deutsch was pulled over Wednesday afternoon on Highway 9 after a State Patrol trooper observed her driving erratically, Trooper Mark Francis said. Her blood-alcohol content registered at 0.303 and 0.317 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. She was transported initially to a hospital because State Patrol policy states anyone who tests above 0.25 percent is deemed “unfit for jail,” Francis said.

She was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment, Francis said.

Swann-Deutsch is the eighth inmate to die in the facility since 2010. Sheriff’s major-crimes detectives are conducted a death investigation, as is standard procedure.

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