Drunk Vero Beach man tells IRMC patients they are “fat” and “suck it up”

After being treated for a head injury at the Indian River Medical Center, Michael James Bales harassed patents at the hospital.
After being treated for a head injury at the Indian River Medical Center, Michael James Bales harassed patents at the hospital. Photo by Indian River County Jail

VERO BEACH, Florida – Staff members with the Indian River Medical Center at 1000 36th Street called law enforcement after a Vero Beach man continued to harass patients, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael James Bales, 46, who was treated for a head injury and released, told one patient he was a “fat f***” and that he would “shove these socks up your fu***** a**” as he was leaving the hospital, according to the report.

Bales then told another patient “Suck it up buttercup” as he walked into the hospital with a leg injury, the arrest affidavit said.

Deputies, who arrived and witnessed the statements being made by Bales to patients, escorted him outside and asked him to leave.

Once outside, Bales began cursing at people with children nearby as they attempted to enter and leave the hospital.

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“When I made contact with Bales he was still belligerent and began cursing again. I could also smell the strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath,” one deputy said.

Bales was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with Disorderly Intoxication.

Shortly after his arrest, a judge sentenced Bales to 5 days in jail.

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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.
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