Drunk man enters Subway and says ‘Yeah I drink’ while carrying rum

Man carries a bottle of rum into Subway in Vero Beach, Florida.
Man carries a bottle of rum into Subway in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – A man was arrested for disorderly intoxication Wednesday after causing a disturbance at a Subway in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Subway employees say Claude Hatten, 66, entered the store intoxicated and began yelling at the cashier and patrons. They said Hatten “swayed back and forth” as he yelled, according to the affidavit.

Deputies arrived and asked Hatten if he had been drinking to which he replied “yeah I drink” while carrying a bottle of Cane Rum 40% alcohol by volume 100ml bottle.

“That’s my drink,” Hatten told deputies, as they removed the rum bottle from him.

“I observed the bottle to be nearly empty,” the deputy said.

Hatten said he was “trying to get food” as he argued with deputies. Employees said they trespassed Hatten recently and he was not allowed back in their store. Hatten yelled he “had no trespass,” according to the report.

Deputies arrested Hatten for trespassing and disorderly intoxication and transported to the Indian River County Jail; his bond was set at $500.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.