Man throws traffic cones at Calif. ER staff

The patient got angry because they wouldn't give him painkillers, and returned at midnight with the traffic cones, injuring two workers

By Gary Klien
The Marin Independent Journal

TERRA LINDA, Calif. —  A Tomales man was arrested early Tuesday on allegations he threw two large traffic cones at hospital employees in Terra Linda.

Sean Maxwell Hayes, 25, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of assault. His bail was set at $50,000.

The incident occurred in the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, said police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. The hospital said Hayes came in for care at about 5 p.m. Monday and became angry when the staff would not give him the painkillers he wanted.

Hayes, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound construction worker, returned around midnight brandishing the traffic cones, which were two and a half feet tall and five pounds each, Rohrbacher said. He allegedly threw them at a man and a woman working in the emergency room, inflicting minor injuries on both.

Hayes left, the hospital called police, and police called Hayes. He came to the police station for an interview and was subsequently arrested.

The district attorney's office was reviewing the case Tuesday.

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