When he entered the Bradley County (Tennessee) Jail in the early morning hours of April 19, 2018, Brandon Gash was in a bad way.
The 46-year-old man, who had been arrested and booked around 2:30 a.m. with two other friends for methamphetamine possession, couldn't communicate with jailers, couldn't walk, was sweating profusely, couldn't put his hands on a wall to be strip searched and had high blood pressure. At one point, after deputies put him in a shower, they discovered Gash standing in the same place they'd left him, talking to himself, with no water running.
Suspecting that he'd consumed some of the meth, officials placed Gash in a medical room for regular observation. They tried to give him milk to upset his stomach and make him throw up whatever he might've swallowed.