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New Orleans Saints lineman Glenn Foster Jr, 31, dies in custody after arrest on minor charges

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster Jr. has died in custody two days after his arrest in Alabama.

Foster, 31, was involved in a high-speed chase with police which ended in a crash and a short stint in jail during which he was unable to receive medical help, his family says.

‘We asked them for him to have medical treatment and they denied him for two days,’ his mother, Sabrina Foster, told the Daily Beast.

‘I told them he had not eaten or [had] water and his organs could shut down, and they didn’t seem concerned,’ she claimed, noting that her son had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The former defensive lineman had been taken into custody early Saturday morning  after driving 92mph in a 45mph zone and engaging police in a high-speed chase.

He was reported dead at a medical facility in Northport, Alabama on Monday.

His death is now under investigation by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation. 

Reform Police Department chief Richard Black said officers spotted Foster driving at speeds up to 90 mph in a 45 mph zone

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster Jr. has died in custody two days after his arrest in Alabama

Foster's parents said that they believe life-saving care wasn't provided for their son, saying he might have experienced a mental health episode (pictured with his mother and sister)

Foster’s parents said that they believe life-saving care wasn’t provided for their son, saying he might have experienced a mental health episode (pictured with his mother and sister)

Foster was arrested in Reform, Alabama early Saturday on three charges of reckless endangerment, as well as individual charges of resisting arrest and attempting to elude police.

Police Chief Richard Black told the Daily Beast an officer saw Foster going nearly 50 miles over the speed limit Friday night, and when an officer tried to chase after him, Foster accelerated to ‘very high rates of speed.’ 

During the chase, Black claimed, Foster drove on the wrong side of the road and nearly hit cars head on.

At one point, he said, deputies from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office became involved. The chase ultimately ended when they reached Gordo, Alabama, where local police deployed spike strips to stop the car.

Foster was then involved in a ‘minor tussle’ with officers.

But while in jail, additional charges not related to the chase were added to his record, and his death remains shrouded in mystery. 

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, where Foster was in custody, referred questions to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

The death is under investigation while an autopsy is pending, the Pickens County Medical Examiner and Coroner’s Office told WWL. 

Reform Police Department chief Richard Black said officers spotted Foster driving at speeds up to 90 mph in a 45 mph zone (pictured with his wife Pamela)

Reform Police Department chief Richard Black said officers spotted Foster driving at speeds up to 90 mph in a 45 mph zone (pictured with his wife Pamela)

Foster’s parents said that they believe life-saving care wasn’t provided for their son, saying he might have experienced a mental health episode.

‘We want justice for our son,’ said Glenn Foster Sr., Foster’s father. ‘It’s unfair. It’s inhumane. It’s just not right.’

When Foster was first booked into jail early Saturday morning, it was on charges of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police. 

According to the records, he was booked for the second time on Sunday at 3.16pm on three counts of simple assault and one count of robbery.

The new charges had nothing to do with the speeding incident and his family are perplexed about what happened. 

The record was updated later to show a release time of Tuesday afternoon, after his passing. 

Foster’s family disclosed their son has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and it was agreed that the family would pay bail and take him approximately 90 miles to a hospital in Birmingham for evaluation. 

But when Foster’s family and Black showed up at the jail, there was a delay.

Foster was born in Chicago and played college football at Illinois before signing for the Saints

Foster was born in Chicago and played college football at Illinois before signing for the Saints

‘We went to bond him out and something happened at the jail and they wouldn’t let us get him,’ Black said. ‘I really don’t know medically what was going on, but based on what I learned, it was not normal.’

Foster’s father saw an ambulance arrive and asked if it was for his son. He said he was told the ambulance was there because Foster’s son had fought with another detainee and two prison guards.

Foster’s father said he later learned that deputies at some point drove his son in a patrol cruiser to a hospital and that he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Foster’s mother, Sabrina Foster, was not happy about the events, telling WWL, ‘I can’t get my son back, but we want whoever is responsible to pay for this.’

Foster was born in Chicago and played college football at Illinois. An undrafted free agent, he signed with the Saints and appeared in 17 total games over the 2013 and 2014 seasons. 

He recorded eight tackles, three sacks and seven quarterback hits.

The Saints cut him before the 2015 season and he then started a second career as a real estate agent, developer and contractor. 

He owned a countertop business with two retail locations.

‘I really can’t find the words to properly express,’ Foster’s former Saints teammate Terron Armstead wrote on Twitter. ‘Rest in peace Glenn Foster, you’ll be missed bro!’


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