Man busts out of hospital

A man fled on foot from the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room on Sunday.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – I suppose it’s one way to try to avoid paying a hospital bill, but not advisable. 

Officers were dispatched to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, at about 2:40 p.m. regarding an agency assist for the hospital’s security staff.

According to a Safford Police report, a white male subject had “pushed” his way out of the hospital through security staff and had fled on foot from the Emergency Room. Security staff advised that the subject was in the ER due to ingesting some sort of substance and had become combative. The Gila Herald is withholding the subject’s name because he has not been charged with a crime in regard to this incident.

When police arrived at the hospital, the subject was located lying face down in a dirt field west of the facility. The subject allegedly told an officer that he ran off from the hospital because he just wanted to go home and denied ingesting any foreign substance.

After an ER doctor advised that the subject was not required to stay for medical care, the subject signed discharge papers and he was given a ride to his residence by the officer and released.