Man from Morro Bay dies while in police custody

A San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate died of unknown causes Sunday, after complaining of a blood sugar imbalance to staff, sheriff’s officials say.

David Osborn Sr., 63, of Morro Bay, was booked into County Jail on Saturday on a charge of being drunk in public, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office news release. Osborn was released that day, but he was arrested several hours later, again on a charge of being drunk in public, as well as violating his probation, according to the release.

Osborn was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo for medical clearance before he was again booked into County Jail shortly after midnight Sunday. 

While still in the Intake Release Center, Osborn was seen twice by medical staff for complaints of a blood sugar imbalance — once at 2:30 a.m. and again at 7:15 a.m., according to the news release. He was then escorted to the medical office at the jail, where he collapsed while sitting on a bench outside of the office, according the police.

Sheriff’s officials say they used a defibrillator, oxygen and CPR, and Osborn was taken to Sierra Vista hospital while CPR continued. Osborn was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:57 a.m. 

The coroner is investigating Osborn’s death, and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause.