Fight at White Co. Jail Sends Inmate to ER


SEARCY, Ark. – A fight at the White County Jail sent an inmate to the ER.

Surveillance video from the jail shows the aftermath of an altercation that occurred between three inmates Nov. 13.

The footage shows inmates help a jailer carry detainee Matthew Johnson from a pod to a wheelchair around 9:20 p.m. The jailer wheels Johnson to medical and he starts to throw up. Minutes later, the jailer takes his vitals and tries to give him Tylenol, which he refused, according to the report.

The report also states the jailer called their doctor, who told him to contact him in two hours with an update on Johnson.

Around 9:45 p.m., Johnson appears to start having a seizure. Ten minutes after that, the footage shows a jailer come into medical, acknowledge Johnson’s presence, then walk out another door.

Around 10:10 p.m., the surveillance video shows Johnson slide from his chair to the ground, where he continues to have seizures. According to the report, a jailer didn’t note his seizure-like state until 10:23 p.m.

A jailer then checks Johnson’s vitals and calls the doctor again, who advised him to call back in an hour with an update, according to the report.

The surveillance video shows Johnson remain on the ground in a seizure-like state until 11:25 p.m., when the jailer called the doctor back and he advised him to send the inmate to the ER.

At 11:45 p.m., surveillance video shows a jailer try to put Johnson in a wheelchair, but since he was unresponsive, he put him on a blanket and tried to drag him. The report states when he and another deputy were unsuccessful, they called EMS to take him to the ER.

Sources close to Johnson’s family said doctors told them he was in a coma and not expected to wake up. They also said he had a stroke either before or after the injury.

Now more than two weeks later, UAMS confirmed Johnson is still there but in good condition.

According to the report, the other two inmates involved in the fight, Nathaniel Stipes and Tommy Trosper, were charged with second-degree battery.

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