According the coroner’s report, Thomas died of “methamphetamine intoxication” after being transported to the hospital following his release from the Mariposa County Jail.
On July 22, Thomas was arrested along with another man, for “trespassing upon closed lands PC 602(p)” after the two failed to stay on their own property while the community was under a mandatory evacuation order during the Detwiler Fire.
Neither man was found to be in possession of stolen property, nor were they going to be charged for any type of theft, says the Sheriff’s Office. They were cited for their actions and released.
On July 27, sheriff’s deputies received reports of a suspicious vehicle, and when they responded to the area, they encountered Thomas and a second individual.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies began talking to the two men, at which point Thomas became extremely agitated and was exhibiting erratic behavior. He was taken into custody at 10:40 a.m. on a misdemeanor charge of “resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.”
Thomas was taken to the Mariposa County Jail, where he went through the booking procedure starting at 11:15 a.m., and was released at 12:19 p.m.
Just a few minutes later, he went back into the jail and told staff that he needed an ambulance. He was transported to the local hospital where he died of methamphetamine intoxication, according to the coroner’s report.
Daniel Thomas was just 38 years old when he died.