After several similar cases that made headlines last year, a Utah man died while in custody for not being able to pay a $2,400 ambulance bill.

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45 year old Rex Iverson died in a Box Elder County Jail holding cell on Jan. 23 after a sheriff’s deputy arrested the Bear River City man for not paying a 2013 ambulance bill and ignoring orders to appear in court.

According to the Sheriff’s office, Iverson died while deputies were preparing fof the central booking process of other inmates. The death is under investigation by the Northern Utah Critical Incident Investigative Team, but foul play is not suspected.


Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Ward says deputies try never to arrest people on civil warrants but were unable to resolve Iverson’s case any other way.