Wish granted – Man requests to be put in jail to have place to stay

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 44-year-old man told authorities he would spit on a deputy’s foot so he can be taken to jail in order to have a place to stay, officials said.

The man’s wish was granted last week.

Michael Charles Gillen

Deputies arrested Michael Charles Gillen, of the 3200 block of 1st Street, Vero Beach, on a charge of trespass structure. Gillen was released Saturday from the Indian River County Jail on $500 bond.

Gillen had been staying at his girlfriend’s house for several days. Gillen called deputies Nov. 23 and said he was involved in a domestic disturbance and had nowhere else to go, reports show.

Gillen told deputies he had been drinking and that he would spit on a deputy’s foot so he can be booked in the county jail, officials said. Gillen’s girlfriend told deputies Gillen fixed a wall inside of her home and a back fence before he went to the back patio and began to drink out of a wine bottle.

The woman said Gillen started to act belligerent toward her, causing the two to argue. Since the woman’s young daughter was asleep inside the home, the woman asked Gillen to leave, reports show.

The woman said Gillen refused to leave the residence. Gillen told deputies the woman locked the door and left him outside for about an hour and a half before he called deputies, reports show.

Deputies said Gillen smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was talking incoherently. Deputies found a half-empty 1.5 litter bottle of white wine inside a paper bag on the patio table, reports show.

Deputies said Gillen was given several chances to make arrangements for someone to pick him up. Gillen was offered a ride to a location, but he declined, said he did not break any laws and that he refused to leave, reports show.

Deputies said Gillen then started to yell outside of the woman’s home.

Deputies arrested Gillen and took him to the county jail, where he was hobbled before going inside because of his belligerent behavior, reports show. Gillen has an arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10, court records show.

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