Man serving time for drinking in public dies in jail

Posted Aug. 05, 2010, at 5:10 p.m.

PORTLAND — Authorities say an inmate who died at the Cumberland County Jail was a transient who was serving a five-day sentence for drinking in public.

Chief Deputy Kevin Joyce of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department says corrections officers found the 45-year-old’s body at 7:20 a.m. Thursday.

Joyce said officers had been checking on the man every 15 minutes since he went to sleep at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

There was no indication of foul play or injury.

The Portland Press Herald says police are withholding the man’s name until relatives are notified of his death.