Deputy finds man lying in middle of highway

OKEECHOBEE — Early Sunday morning, April 7, OCSO Deputy Ryan Ammons was approached by a concerned citizen who told him of a man lying in the middle of State Road 70 East. At approximately 5 a.m., Deputy Ammons advised dispatch he was headed to check it out. When he arrived to the 2400 block of State Road 70 East, he found a 38-year-old Hispanic male lying in the roadway. He was not able to communicate properly because of the language barrier so Deputy Robert Gonzalez responded to assist.

Deputy Gonzalez was able to get the man’s name and date of birth. He reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his body, and his words were slurred. In addition, Deputy Gonzalez noted small red bumps on his arms and asked if they hurt. When the man replied that they did, EMS was called to the scene, but the man refused treatment both at the scene and at the hospital.


He was transported to the Okeechobee County Jail and charged with disorderly intoxication. His bond was set at $500.

Cathy Womble is a staff writer for the Lake Okeechobee News.

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