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Cedar Rapids man in hospital after being arrested


A Cedar Rapids man remains in the hospital after being arrested last week.

An officer went to the Hazard County Saloon, 329 2nd Avenue SE, for a business check around 11:09 p.m. Thursday.  Sgt. Cristy Hamblin says several customers approached the officer and said that 33-year old Paul Saldivar had been causing problems in the bar before being thrown out by bouncers.

Hamblin says as the officer approached Saldivar outside the bar, he took off running.  The officer followed and called for back up.

Other officers say they found Saldivar in the alley between 2nd Avenue SE and 3rd Avenue SE.

Hamblin says as officers were arresting Saldivar for public intoxication, he became angry and refused to get into the police car.

Hamblin says officers were finally able to get Saldivar into the car, but Saldivar continued to be combative, kicking and moving about in the back seat and hitting his head on the arm rest.

Hamblin says that just before arriving at the Linn County Jail, officers noticed that Saldivar had become quiet.  When they arrived at the jail, officers say Saldivar was unresponsive.  Officers began CPR and an ambulance was called and took him to Mercy Hospital.  Hamblin says Saldivar was still in the hospital as of Tuesday morning.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation into the incident.

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