Man dies in custody of sleep-off center
Juneau Police say they are investigating the death of a man who was taken to a "sleep-off center" after he was found walking intoxicated around downtown on Sunday afternoon.
JPD says around 1:30, Steven Jay West, 57, was picked up by Rainforest Recovery and taken to a sleep-off center until he sobered up.
West was walking and talking before he was medically cleared and admitted to the center, according to police. Just after 4 o'clock, staff was doing a routine check and found West unresponsive. Medics from Capital City Fire/Rescue attempted lifesaving measures but were not successful.
He was the only client in the sleep-off center during that time. Police say there were no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected.
West's body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy in Anchorage.
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