Bouncer faces ejection from hospital

St. Petersburg, Florida -- There are more twists and turns in the case of the bouncer at a strip club who was run over by a man who says he was in fear for his life.

The man driving the car, Jack Ayyub, 29, of Clearwater, says he was in fear for his life and is claiming the stand your ground defense, while the bouncer Doug Berube, 42, of Palm Harbor, who is facing more surgery from the injuries he received is being kicked out of Bayfront Hospital because he doesn't have insurance.

Berube's attorney, Mark Roman, is concerned about many things involved in this incident. First, Roman doesn't buy the "stand your ground" defense. Roman asks, "How could Ayyub not realize he had hit someone as he drove off?"

As we told you in an exclusive story Tuesday, Ayyub says Berube came running to his car at Silks adult bar after another man, who Ayyub knew, urinated on the building, pulled a gun on the bouncer and a DJ at the club and then drove off.

According to Ayyub, Berube threatened him and was swearing and saying, "MF this and MF that." And that he was in fear for his life so he back away as quickly as possible and drove off.

When 10 News met with Ayyub on Tuesday, authorities were still looking for him. 10 News was there as his attorney Barry Cohen worked out a deal with the Florida Highway Patrol to have Ayyub turn himself in Wednesday. However after further discussion with FHP, Cohen convinced the agency to let the Pinellas State Attorney Office make a decision on whether to file charges or not.

Meantime on Tuesday, according to Berube's attorney, Bayfront Medical Center said his client had to be out of the hospital by Wednesday night because he doesn't have insurance. Berube, who was told by his surgeon he needs another operation, was able to postpone his hospital eviction until Thursday.

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In addition, Berube is covered by workers' compensation, which would have paid his hospital bills, because Roman says Silks Bar doesn't have workers' comp. Florida law says a business with more than four employees must have workers' comp.

Then, to make matters worse, Berube doesn't have a home and lives out of his truck. He had been using his girlfriend's address, but doesn't live there.

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10 News left a message for the bar's attorney, but he did not return our call, Bayfront said it would give us a statement but never did, and unless there is a dramatic change, Thursday Berube will be wheeled out of Bayfront Hospital and left to fend on his own.


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