Glenn Foster: State Police investigate death of former Saints player after arrest


The 31-year-old man died Monday at a medical facility north of Tuscaloosa, western Alabama, according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

He was arrested on Saturday after officers saw him driving up to 90 mph in a 45 mph zone, Reform Police Department Chief Richard Black told NOLA.com. Reform is a town in Pickens County.
A high-speed chase between Foster and the police ensued, with a spike tape used to slow Foster’s car before officers stopped it, Black told NOLA.com.
Foster was traveling to Atlanta on a business trip, his father, Glenn Foster Sr. told the Washington Post.

Pickens County Jail records show Foster was jailed on Saturday on three counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempted escape.

Foster’s family were made aware of his arrest on Saturday and they spoke to Black about his mental health issues, Foster Sr. told The Post. Foster experienced a manic episode in college and had another recently, Foster Sr. said, according to the Post.

The police chief told NOLA.com he contacted Foster’s family over concerns over the former player’s erratic behavior and made arrangements for them to get him out of jail and do so send to a local hospital for evaluation.

The police chief and Foster’s family surrendered to the prison on Sunday, but upon arrival they were told that Foster had been involved in an “altercation” with another inmate and had been placed in custody. jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office, the Post reported.

He was released Sunday at 3:14 p.m. and re-booked two minutes later, according to jail records, for three counts of common assault and one count of third degree theft.

The family were told they could not visit Foster due to the Covid-19 restrictions, according to the Post.

Arrangements were made for Foster to be taken to another facility on Monday, Foster Sr. said, and the sheriff’s office, which was responsible for transporting Foster, told the family he boarded the cruiser without incident. .

But when he arrived at the medical center, Foster did not respond and could not be resuscitated, the Post reported.

“He arrived at his death,” Foster Sr. told the newspaper. “I don’t know what happened to him physically while he was in jail because they didn’t let us see him.”

His mother, Sabrina Foster, told NOLA.com: “I can’t get my son back, but we want the person responsible to pay for it.”

Undisclosed cause of death

Authorities say no cause of death has been determined.

The Pickens County coroner declined to release the cause of death at CNN’s request on Wednesday.

“We refer all questions and comments to [the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency,]Coroner Chad Harless told CNN when reached by phone.

ALEA is the lead investigator in Foster’s death, Harless said.

According to an ALEA press release on Tuesday, Foster died on Monday, December 6 at a medical facility in Northport. His body has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for further investigation, according to the FTAA.

ALEA Trooper Senior Reginal King told CNN by phone “there is still no cause of death.”

The statement said, “Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing. Once completed, the findings will be forwarded to the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office.”

Foster played as a defensive lineman for the Saints in 2013 and for part of the 2014 season, according to NFL.com.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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