A Mascotte man, believed to be high on methamphetamine, was arrested after barging into a local hospital and demanding to see his son — who had been discharged more than a month ago.
Michael Jacob Ebinger, 26, was arrested and treated at South Lake Hospital on Thursday after police said he tried to force his way through security guards into the facility’s emergency room to see his son.
According to an arrest affidavit, police showed up at the emergency room just after 1 p.m. Thursday and found security guards struggling with a man who had injection marks on his arm.
The guards told police that Ebinger had been running around the emergency room lobby screaming that he wanted to see his son. A records check revealed the son was in the hospital more than a month ago and released to his mother, but Ebinger continued trying to force his way into the patient area of the emergency room to see the child.
Security guards were able to convince Ebinger to leave the lobby, but he returned, reportedly pushed a security guard out the way and ran back into the lobby. Police were called and Ebinger was arrested.
Hospital staff examined Ebinger and determined he was intoxicated by methamphetamine. He told officers he had been using the drug every day since he dropped his son off at the hospital.
Ebinger was charged with disorderly intoxication and battery on uniformed security guards. He remained in the Lake County jail Friday in lieu of $2,150 bail.