Man ordered to pay bill for bar fight injuries

According to The Topeka Capital Journal, the Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a Topeka man to pay his entire hospital bill that he was charged after his drink was possibly spiked and led to a bar fight and arrest.

Samuel L.S. Imler argued that Topeka police were responsible for paying the bill because he was taken to Stormont-Vail Refional Health Center against his will to be treated.

The case stems from a May 3, 2012, incident in which Imler believed one of his drinks was drugged. He testified he had two drinks with friends and third from an acquaintance before leaving a bar on his motorcycle.

In a summary of facts included in Friday’s ruling, Imler said he didn’t feel intoxicated when he left but began to feel impaired as he drove. He stopped at a restaurant and ordered another drink.

Imler’s next clear memory was being handcuffed in a police car. He deduced he had been attacked at the restaurant bar, sustaining lacerations on his face and a broken hand.

When the Shawnee County Jail refused to accept, police took him to the hospital against his will. Imler, who said he doesn’t recall the treatment he received, didn’t dispute the $3, 835.20 amount he was charged.

Imler’s health insurance company refused to pay for the charges.

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