NAPLES, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 28-year-old Thomas Flipse II, of Jacksonville, just before 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, after he allegedly flooded three stories of a Hampton Inn, while intoxicated.
Twenty-two rooms of the hotel, located at 2630 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., sustained damage after Flipse broke the on/off valves to the pipes behind the shower in his room. Several rooms had standing water one-inch deep.
Deputies received a call from firefighters and EMS in response to a "belligerent patient," and were also informed that three floors of the hotel were flooding. Upon arrival, they immediately saw water dripping from ceiling in the first floor of the hotel and standing water on the carpet in the hallway. A large amount of water was coming from Flipse' room.
The suspect was found in the bathroom, yelling and swearing. He became confrontational and was secured in handcuffs. He was taken out of the hotel on a stretcher, yelling all the way.
Deputies discovered water coming from the shower, and a hole in the bathroom wall near the toilet. The shower's ceramic shell was broken and cracked in several places. It was eventually discovered that all of the water flooding the hotel was coming from the wall behind the shower. The water was shut off.
Witnesses say Flipse was intoxicated and involved in a verbal altercation. Deputies found alcohol and marijuana in his room.
Seventeen of the 22 damaged rooms had guests in them who had to be relocated to nearby hotels. The water also damaged newly arrived linens in the laundry room, totalling $16,000. The total cost of repairs is expected to exceed $100,000.
Flipse was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.