LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A death investigation is underway in Owensboro, Kentucky, after an inmate dies while in custody at the Daviess County Detention Center. 

According to a release from Kentucky State Police, officers were dispatched to the detention center to investigate on a report that an inmate had died in their custody. 

39-year-old James J. Lester of Owensboro was booked into the detention center on Sunday after being arrested for public intoxication. 

Three hours later, Lester became ill and EMS was dispatched to the center.

Lester was transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. 

He was pronounced dead upon arrival. 

The investigation is ongoing. We will provide updates as soon as more information becomes available. 

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