Chiba prefectural police said Monday that a man committed suicide at one of its stations. According to police, the incident occurred at Chuo Police Station at around 9 p.m. on Saturday.
TV Asahi quoted police as saying that a 46-year-old detainee apparently hanged himself by using a bed sheet tied to a toilet stall door inside his cell.
Police said that a guard checked on the man 40 minutes prior to his suicide. After he was found, he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The man was being kept in a holding cell following his arrest on Thursday for allegedly driving without a license. On Saturday, his detention was extended for 10 days, although he continued to deny the charge, TV Asahi reported.
In a statement released to the press, a Chiba Chuo Police Station official said, "We're looking into the motive behind the man's suicide. We will also introduce measures to ensure this doesn't happen again."© Japan Today