VALLEY CITY, N.D. (Valley News Live) A preliminary autopsy states that cause of death of a Valley City man arrested for DUI was delayed consequences of a broken neck, but it's unknown how the injury occurred.
72-year-old Warren Lindvold died six days after he was arrested for a DUI by Valley City police on July 15th.
While in jail, Lindvold complained of back pain. Lindvold had ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis where there is long term inflammation of the joints of the spine. The autoimmune disease slowly fused his spine, leaving him unable to turn his neck. Lindvold was taken to Mercy CHI Health in Valley City, North Dakota where he was "medically cleared" and was taken back to the Barnes County Correctional Facility.
The next morning, Lindvold was found down in his cell and was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. There he was found to have a broken neck. He underwent surgery, but his condition deteriorated and he later died.
Valley News Live received dashcam footage of the night of Lindvold's arrest.
You can see the officer pin his arms behind his back. You can also hear Lindvold cry out in pain and talk about his medical condition. At the police station, video shows officers dragging Lindvold, leading attorneys to blame the officers and others for his death.
But the attorney for Valley City says the officers didn't do anything wrong and that there is no internal affairs investigation taking place.