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Hillsborough inmate falls ill at county jail, dies at hospital

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County inmate died in the county jail on Sunday, deputies said, a day after he was arrested on a charge of DUI.

Lewis Harrington II, 62, of Tampa, was arrested Saturday night on a charge of DUI and booked into the Orient Road Jail at about 7:44 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

He made his first appearance in court on Sunday, where a judge revoked his bail from a previos DUI charge from an Oct. 18 arrest.

A short time after court, deputies said Harrington was admitted into the jail clinic, then transferred to the infirmary detox unit at the Falkenberg Road Jail at about 3:46 p.m. Paramedics were summouned when he could not be awakened nearly two hours later, depuies said.

Harrington was takend to Brandon Regional Hospital, where the agency said he was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office said Harrington was not involved in any fights while at either jail facility, nor were there any signs of "foul play." An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Harrington was arrested at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday on E Fletcher Avenue, deputies said. Testing revealed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.162, according to jail records, more than twice the limit of 0.08 at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired.