At around 2:00 p.m. on March 14, a man in a hospital gown was stopped by sheriff‘s deputies at the corner of Santa Fe Drive and San Elijo Avenue. Two deputies talked with the man for awhile, all the while ensuring that his exposed backside faced away from passing traffic.
The deputies were alerted to his whereabouts after he had walked into a store across the street from Scripps Memorial Hospital, about four blocks east of San Elijo Avenue. The sheriff’s department contacted the hospital and was told that the man had been seen by medical personnel and subsequently discharged. “They didn’t need him to come back”, said a sheriff’s spokesperson.
Eventually, the man was placed in the back of a patrol car. A deputy on the scene said, “We’re just trying to get him home safely.” The spokesperson confirmed that the man had not been arrested.