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Detectives investigating death of inmate at Pinellas County Jail

LARGO — Detectives are investigating the death Monday of an inmate who deputies said had a medical episode at the Pinellas County Jail.

The death doesn't appear to be suspicious, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, Robert John George, 60, had a medical episode in an open waiting area of the jail that caused him to stumble and fall, the Sheriff's Office said. He was conscious when he was taken to Northside Hospital, but his condition worsened over the weekend.

Hospital officials pronounced him dead about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

There were no signs of injuries and no use of force, the Sheriff's Office said. The Pasco-Pinellas Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death.

Records show George was booked into the jail about 2:30 a.m. Friday on a driving under the influence involving property damage charge. According to his arrest report, a deputy found George, of Seminole, passed out at the wheel of a Honda Civic that had run over bushes and a mailbox.