Timothy Torfonz Baker Jr: Pantsless man busted after mooching ambulance ride in Vero Beach

A man accused of hitching a ride on the back of an ambulance was arrested after being found without pants, according to a recently released report.
When Indian River County Sheriff's deputies discovered Timothy Torfonz Baker Jr., 20, he said he'd had booze, marijuana and "possibly" crack cocaine.

The case began about 4:15 a.m. April 6 when deputies went to an address on U.S. 1 for a disturbance.

An ambulance crew taking a patient to a hospital reported a man, later identified as Baker, "jumped aboard the rear railing to their vehicle and was riding the back of the ambulance," a report states.

Those needing transportation often take a taxi, bus, train, shuttle or subway, though the latter is unavailable on the Treasure Coast.

Ambulances typically ferry people to medical facilities. A lesser known use of an ambulance is as a cross-country racing vehicle, which is what Burt Reynolds' character, J.J. McClure, did in the 1981 movie "The Cannonball Run," which also stars Dom DeLuise.

Meanwhile, the ambulance stopped, and Baker hopped off and ran in front of it, blocking its path.

He was found "pant less," sweating and smelling of alcohol. Baker said he was in Stuart, despite being two counties to the north in Vero Beach.

He also told the Indian River County Sheriff's deputy that the deputy was a Riviera Beach Police officer.

"He further stated he was involved in an altercation to which he was unable to provide any specifics for," the report states. "This rambling continued for several minutes with Baker Jr. making blanket accusations out loud."

Baker was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge and taken to jail where a bag of pot turned up in his sock.

Baker, of Riviera Beach, was arrested on additional charges of introduction of contraband into a detention facility and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

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