Pct. 4 Constable Press Release – Dr. Arrested in Mobile Pharmacy (Update)

August 2, 2010

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY — On Friday, The Texas Medical Board announced their decision to suspend the license of Dr. Felix Nabor Sabates Jr., of Baytown, fourteen days after his arrest by the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office on drug and alcohol related charges.

The decision was the result of a “Temporary Suspension Hearing Without Notice.”  The Board determined “Dr. Sabates’ continuation in the practice of medicine presents a continuing threat to public health and safety.”

Pct. 4 Deputy Eli Rivera stopped Sabates on Hwy 59 after witnessing the doctor driving erratically and in excess of 100 miles per hour. The doctor was wearing scrubs and claimed he was en route to see a patient at a Liberty County hospital. The doctor showed signs of impairment so Deputy Rivera continued to investigate the situation and discovered the doctor was in possession of approximately 80 morphine tablets, 60 Adderall tablets, 80 Hydrocodone tablets and 60 unmarked capsules containing cocaine, along with a small grinder which contained cocaine residue. According to the Board, their decision was based on those facts and the doctor’s failure of an involuntary blood test.

At the time of his arrest, Sabates claimed patients gave him the pills for disposal after they received prescriptions for different medications in place of those.  However Lt. Mark Seals confirmed that a DEA number is required to transport controlled substances from one location to another and additional authorization is required to transport controlled substances from one county to another. 

Sabates is charged with four felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and with Driving While Intoxicated. He was released from the Montgomery County Jail on $70,000 bond.

The suspension of Dr. Sabates license to practice medicine was effective immediately, and is indefinite.

Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said he was pleased with the Board’s decision and their swift response.

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One Response to “Pct. 4 Constable Press Release – Dr. Arrested in Mobile Pharmacy (Update)”

  1. Donna says:

    Until recently I was a patient of Dr Sabates and while sometimes he seemed to run around like a squirrel on speed, I really thought he was natrually ADD. Come to find out, he is bi-polar. His behavior makes perfect sense to me as I see it daily… my son is bi-polar. Dr. Sabates nearly died in a car wreck before Christmas (no drugs involved, btw). Did Dr Sabates make mistakes in judgement earlier this month? Yes, but this is a tragedy and my prayers are with Dr Felix and his family at this difficult time. I pray for his recovery and future success. You vultures who love to pick at the bones of those who have made mistakes should be ashamed. This is a good man who is dealing with his own demons. He had a serious car wreck not long ago… no wonder he was on pain meds… so check yourself and let him heal. I live with chronic debilitating pain and understand what it is like. This man and his partners have worked wonders in helping me become more active… and to just be able to get out of bed without crumbling because of the excruciating pain. Get well Dr. Felix. You and your family are in my prayers.

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