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Woman dies in Northshore lockup


A woman arrested for DWI Sunday died in the St. Tammany Parish Jail late Monday night.

The STPSO announced the death today.

"Sheriff’s detectives are investigating following an apparent medical-related death of an inmate from the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center," Sergeant Suzanne Carboni said in a news release.

She says that shortly before midnight, 48-year-old Cathy Lange-Sanchez "suffered an obvious medical seizure while in the female holding cell at the jail."

Doctors pronounced the arrestee dead at a local hospital.

"The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office was called to the hospital and took custody of the deceased for autopsy," Carboni said.  "Lange-Sanchez was arrested by State Police on Sunday (September 24) and was booked for Driving While Intoxicated and other traffic offenses."

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