Jeffco inmate dies after being found non-responsive

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By The Staff

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an inmate, who was found non-responsive in her cell early Thursday morning.
Jennifer Marie Brooks, the 46-year-old Bailey resident who reportedly led Jeffco Sheriff's deputies on a chase that shut down U.S. 285 for about an hour last July, was found non-responsive with a trash bag over her head in her cell at the Jefferson County Detention Facility.
According to a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, deputies immediately began life-saving measures with the assistance of medical staff.
Brooks was later transferred to St. Anthony Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
On July 10, JCSO received reports of a green Jeep Cherokee driving erratically in northbound traffic near Wagon Trail on U.S. 285.
Deputy Gary Whitesides began following the Jeep at South Turkey Creek Road when the driver made a sudden U-turn and began traveling southbound.
Whitesides eventually used a PIT — pursuit intervention technique — maneuver to stop the vehicle. The Jeep flipped over, landing on its roof. Brooks reportedly exited the vehicle, leading to a foot chase. She was later arrested and charged with one count of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assaults, vehicular eluding, menacing with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and reckless driving and more.
She pleaded not guilty to all counts in late January, and she was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Feb. 20.
The death is currently under investigation.