Cops took man to DUI test, not hospital, after crash, lawyer says. He died days later

A 58-year-old Charleston, South Carolina, man had eight broken ribs and other internal injuries when he was taken off an ambulance and given a sobriety test, according to the attorney for the man’s family. Nathaniel Rhodes lost consciousness at the police station, video shows, and he died four days later.

Police had a form that said Nathaniel Rhodes did not want to be taken to the hospital, but it was signed by a police officer, not Rhodes, attorney Justin Bamberg said in a press conference Monday that was broadcast live over social media.

Police and emergency medical technicians denied “emergency medical care to a man who was slowly dying,” Bamberg said. Police and EMS “violated every oath, every policy, every procedure,” he said.

Charleston police are now asking the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate what led to Rhodes’s death, WCSC reports. In a statement, Charleston’s police chief said a document “raised questions about whether their police officers followed proper procedures” when they took Rhodes to the police station, according to WCSC.

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Location: Charleston, South Carolina