PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man who was scheduled to be sentenced today for violating probation on a Stanley County charge of animal mistreatment from 2009 and for separate charges from Hughes County was transported to the hospital yesterday after jailers found him hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. A statement on 27-year-old Flint Dahl from Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt indicates that corrections officers at the Hughes County Jail found Dahl at 2:15 p.m. yesterday. The statement goes on to say that emergency medical measures began immediately including CPR and all available lifesaving efforts. Dahl was transported to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital where he was stabilized and transported to Avera McKennan Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Leidholt says Dahl was in custody for probation violations relating to Hughes County charges of DUI 1st, Boating Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was also facing probation violations from Stanley County on charges that included Inhumane Treatment of an Animal for an incident involving a rodeo horse during the Fourth of July Rodeo in 2009 and Reckless Driving. Leidholt says the investigation into this incident is continuing and is being conducted by the SD Division of Criminal Investigation.
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