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Parolee who jumped out of moving patrol car dies

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A man who was critically injured after jumping out of a moving Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department patrol car Thursday night died Friday morning, a department news release said.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested when sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a suspect who had violated a restraining order. He was found by authorities in the neighborhood of Galbrath Drive and Walerga Road in North Highlands near his estranged wife’s home.

The 29-year-old was wanted as a parolee-at-large and was taken into custody, department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said. The man was on parole for an assault with a deadly weapon charge dating back to a 2008 arrest, he said.

As a deputy was driving on Watt Avenue near Elkhorn Boulevard to take the man to jail for booking, “the suspect kicked out the rear window of the patrol car and jumped out of the window while the car was moving,” the release said. It was about a half-mile away near Bolivar Avenue that the man, still handcuffed, jumped out the window and landed on asphalt.

The man suffered critical injuries to his head and was taken to the hospital after Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responders arrived at the scene. He died from his injuries in the incident just after 10 a.m. Friday.

The department will conduct an investigation into the in-custody death. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the man, pending family notification, and later provide a cause of death. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will receive the findings and conduct its own investigation into Thursday’s incident.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets