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Holy Sh!t....Dr Sabates, Felix N. Jr., M.D., Kingwood, TX,

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thekat --- 3 years ago -

Montgomery County Police Reporter

Just after 11am Friday, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Eli Rivera was northbound on US59 near FM 1314 doing the posted speed limit when he was passed by a 1973 Dodge Challenger in excess of 100mph. He initiated a pursuit which lasted just a short distance when the driver pulled over. As the deputy waited for backup the driver was seen in his vehicle leaning over in the passenger seat and also going through what appeared to be some clothing.

As Rivera’s backup arrived they approached the vehicle from the passenger side. There he observed a briefcase open on the passenger seat and the white male driver who was dressed in medical scrubs behind the wheel. He also noted his eyes were bloodshot and pupils very small.

Rivera than asked the reason for him driving at that speed. The driver identified as Dr. Felix Nabor Sabates Jr. age 50 of Houston. He advised the deputy he was enroute to the Cleveland Hospital to check on a patient he was called out for.

Inside the open briefcase the deputy noticed a small blue bag with a variety of different pills. Also there was a black grinder with a white substance in it. The Doctor explained the pills were left over from what his patients brought him to dispose of properly.

On the floor was a second blue bag containing numerous syringes and some small sealed bottles and needles.

The deputy then asked the Doctor to step out of the vehicle and around the back to do a field sobriety test. As he attempted the test the Doctor was unable able to perform as he could not keep his balance.

The Doctor was placed in custody and as the deputy did the inventory of the vehicle for the wrecker slip he found a partially filled bottle of Marcaine in the center console. Deputy Rivera was also advised this car was the original car in a Hollywood Movie.

The Doctor consented to giving a sample of his blood and was transported to Kingwood Hospital by Deputy Rivera. As they arrived at the hospital the Doctor refused to give blood and was transported to the East Montgomery County Annex.

The white powder in the grinder and over 50 oval unidentified capsules tested positive for cocaine. Also identified was Morphine, Hydrocodone, Adderil, and almost 60 additional unknown pills.

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on multiple charges of possession and for DWI. His bond was set at $1000 for the DWI, $20,000 for the second degree felony possession Cocaine), $20,000 for the second degree felony possession (morphine), $10,000 for the third degree felony possession (hydrocodone).

The Doctor is listed on Public Data as having a Pain Management Clinic on Garth Road in Baytown and an Ophtalmology Practice in Kingwood. The Texas Board of Medical Examiners also has Dr. Sabates has having hospital privileges at Houston Northeast Medical Center in Humble. It also does not list him as being registered for Dangerous Drugs or Controlled Substances.

.According to the Texas Medical Board Dr. Sabates has been up before them before.

Sabates, Felix N. Jr., M.D., Kingwood, TX, Lic.
#J2773
An Agreed Order was entered on 9-7-01 publicly
reprimanding the physician and assessing an administrative
penalty in the amount of $2,500. Action due to
failure to practice medicine in an acceptable professional
manner consistent with public health and welfare.

In June 1994 the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners held a hearing. In that hearing it was disclosed that Dr. Sabates On or about October 15, 1993, voluntarily admitted himself to Anchor Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. (Talbott Marsh Recovery Program) for a 96 hour evaluation due to alcohol and cocaine abuse, and a history of a suicide attempt in 1992.

He was then admitted to Charter Hospital in Austin on October 25, 1993 and discharged in December 1993 from Charters Addictive Disease Program.

At the time the doctor who was caring for him wrote: Dr. Sabates theraputic response is excellent, and in the professional opinion of his treating Doctor Taylor that his involvement with drugs was related to his previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

At that time Dr. Sabates responded to the board the he is committed to a life without alcohol or drugs.

After this hearing the Texas Board of Medical Examiners Ordered that Dr. Sabates license to practice medicine in Texas is suspended. However the suspension was stayed and he was put on probation for five years.




Not only was he carrying enough pills to kill a dozen horses, he could have killed someone speeding like that. 

ladyjane --- 3 years ago -

I am so very sorry to read this. My family has been treated by this doctor a long time ago, and he always stood out in my mind as a wonderful listener, kind and dedicated, and one of the best doctors available to us at the time. He worked at the local minor emergency center for a long time. Drug and alcohol addiction are terrible things. I hope this incident will send his life in another direction, and I thank God no one was killed. 

Work in Progress --- 3 years ago -

It's shocking to see such a respected figure fall into this. His practice (and life) are ruined. I hope that he gets the help he needs now. 

iwaveatcows --- 3 years ago -

I had exactly the same experience with this doctor as ladyjane many years ago. Sad story -- way over the edge. 

lizandmike --- 3 years ago -

LJ, I remember him and I agree. He listened to me and always seemed very compassionate. In fact, we were there with my son and he turned to me and said that he could hear me wheezing and gave me a few sample inhalers (I have asthma and was a little tight).
Thank goodness no one was hurt. It's too bad that his life seems to be so out of control. 

clockwatcher. --- 3 years ago -

I am so very sorry to read this. My family has been treated by this doctor a long time ago, and he always stood out in my mind as a wonderful listener, kind and dedicated, and one of the best doctors available to us at the time. He worked at the local minor emergency center for a long time. Drug and alcohol addiction are terrible things. I hope this incident will send his life in another direction, and I thank God no one was killed.

Same here--very compassionate doctor...I hope it will too. :( 

ilovemydog --- 3 years ago -

Where was his practice? 

ilovemydog --- 3 years ago -

Was he an opthamologist? I just did a quick search and this seems to be him. 

Angelina --- 3 years ago -

I remember him, used to be at minor emergency behind the old nifas right? I liked him a lot 

Work in Progress --- 3 years ago -

It sounds like he was a really good person who allowed his life to take a really bad turn.

Maybe he needed this. Sometimes we have to be broken before we can be put back together. 

thekat --- 3 years ago -

Was he an opthamologist?

The Doctor is listed on Public Data as having a Pain Management Clinic on Garth Road in Baytown and an Ophtalmology Practice in Kingwood 

quiettype --- 3 years ago -

The article on KHOU identified him as an opthamologist with a practice in Kingwood.

KHOU Story

Very sad but having been in the medical field for years it happens a lot. There are certain doctors out there will take rehabed doctors under their wing and provide the supervision they are required to have once they have been through a situation like this. 

thekat --- 3 years ago -

the dashcam video speaks for itself, what an idiot 

mommie21g1b --- 3 years ago -

I saw this doctor once and he billed for services not performed- it all adds up now. Lock the druggie up and take away his DL and don't let him ever work in the medical field again! 

kjhutch --- 3 years ago -

Does anyone know if Dr. Sabates worked at NE Minor Emergency Clinic in Atascocita (by Wendy's on 1960)? 

bhsurf4 --- 3 years ago -

Lock the druggie up and take away his DL and don't let him ever work in the medical field again!


WOW! I am sure he will have his dl suspended for a while, and his medical license will be pulled and he will be put on probation until he can prove he is clean, but don't let him ever work again? That's a little harsh isn't it? The man got addicted to drugs and his life was obviously out of control. I hope he can pull it together, and this is usually the type of thing that will do it. But I don't think it's right to take away everything because he made a mistake. Should he spend the rest of his life paying for this? If one of your kids got hooked on pain pills after a surgery or something, should they be punished for ever? 

jennycrocker --- 3 years ago -

I remember him, used to be at minor emergency behind the old nifas right? I liked him a lot 

I think he saw my husband there. i remember us both thinking something was off about him. Personable enough, but just kind of strange. 

thekat --- 3 years ago -

but don't let him ever work again? That's a little harsh isn't it?

she said in the medical field and I agree. If this was the first time he had issues I could see, maybe, giving him a 2nd chance but read the article. Its not the first or even second time he's been trouble. 

ladybughomeschool --- 3 years ago -

This is such a shame. We also had good experiences with him at the minor emergency. It was not unusual for him to call personally the next day to check on us. Very compassionate. Very sad. I do not, however, think he should be allowed to practice medicine again. As nice as he is, there are innocent people who could be harmed by his addictions. 

Anna --- 3 years ago -

He was my "primary care" doctor when he worked at the minor emergency center. When I needed to go to the dr, I would call the clinic and find out what location he was at. (they use to rotate) Sad Sad Sad. 

mommie21g1b --- 3 years ago -

but don't let him ever work again? That's a little harsh isn't it?

Not at all- he shouldn't work where he has access to drugs. Not harsh at all, unless you think protecting society is harsh. 

Unichic™ --- 3 years ago -

 

Unichic™ --- 3 years ago -

I remember him, used to be at minor emergency behind the old nifas right? I liked him a lot

I think he saw my husband there. i remember us both thinking something was off about him. Personable enough, but just kind of strange.


I had the same experience. He always looked buggy eyed, like someone who is in a manic phase. Very nice, but odd as heck. I do hope he gets help though. 

BasicBob --- 3 years ago -

9 years ago I saw Dr Sabates at the KW clinic when I had an emergency. My 3 year old daughter had her cornea sliced by a piece of paper. Her regular pediatrician's office was closed because all the Drs went to lunch at the same time, and had not staggered the shifts. You can imagine how a father feels in this situation. Dr Sabates was kind and efficient and compassionate to both of us. The clinic was a madhouse of activity that day. He identified the problem, and sent us to a specialist downtown, whom he personally called. This Dr agreed to stay open and wait for us to get there. The Dr downtown was about 2 steps from retirement, about 70 years old. He agreed that Dr Sabates has sent us to the right place, because he had seen this before during his career. 1 other time. It all turned out well and I sent Dr Sabates a very heartfelt thank you for all he did, especially the caring and compassionate way he helped us. His reply was also heartfelt. My "letter had come at the right time," as he had been thinking about maybe changing from his career in medicine. It seemed to be thankless. He mentioned that his father, also a physician "had always stressed that a Dr cares for people" , not just patients, or clients. People who care a lot about others, as he did, suffer more than others, make no mistake. I did not take him for granted, but certainly, some did. He was very grateful for my letter. He is in terrible pain. We are lucky that no one was hurt by his previous or current actions, but he still deserves our compassion now. He is someone who truly wanted to help others. Despite his [ our ? ] faults, I wish him all the best, and a successful recovery. 

Work in Progress --- 3 years ago -

I agree that society should be protected, but we need to be in prayer for this very caring, and compassionate doctor. 

Anna --- 3 years ago -

He is someone who truly wanted to help others.

Yes, we need to say a prayer for him and other addicts that are good people making very poor choices. 

ladyjane --- 3 years ago -

BasicBob, what an especially kind post. Must be a comfort to his family to know people have thought highly of him and hope he turns around. 

dixie --- 3 years ago -

I too seen him at the clinic in kw. I thought he was very nice, understanding and didn't feel rushed while there. He seemed like he really cared and was happy to be there. 

mommytbone --- 3 years ago -

I also had a positive experience with Dr. Sabates. I had just graduated from college in December and my first teaching job would not be until the Fall. I did not have health insurance at the time. I tried to get through a cough/sinus infection, but unfortunately it had turned into pneumonia. Every breath I took hurt and I felt horrible and weak. I thankfully saw Dr Sabates at the clinic behind Nympha's. He gave me a braething treatment, a shot and then gave me enough samples of an antibiotic because he knew I had no insurance at the time and I would not be able to afford a prescription on a substitute teacher's pay. Thank God I saw him!! I started feeling better that night and eventually recovered 100% a few days later! I am saddened by these recent events. I will pray for him and his family. 

lindagail --- 3 years ago -

This truly is a sad story. I saw this doctor as well and was always relieved when I had to go or take my children to the minor er. He was wonderful with us as well. I think if he or his family read this thread that they will realize how many in this community found comfort and admiration of this doctor and that many wish him a speedy recovery.
I, however, hope he is not allowed back in the medical profession. BUT, he can do wonders with his wealth of knowledge in medicine. Just not a practicing physician. It would not be in HIS best interest. I truly wish him the best. And, thank God he did not hurt anyone. 

djmixon --- 3 years ago -

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, which explains all the behavioral oddities and "mental health" concerns. 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. 

zapper007 --- 3 years ago -

Smeone not on KU said he has a great deal of respect for this doctor. He needs all the help and prayers he can get to get well and get past the demons in his life...jmho 

zapper007 --- 3 years ago -

 

~thekat~ --- 3 years ago -

I'd feel sorry for him if it wasn't the first time he got busted, sadly its not.

Besides that, how many lives did he endanger driving like a bat outta hell? 

johnregalman517 --- 3 years ago -

Dr Sabates, Felix N. Jr.

Make sure you have the correct dude before accusing someone. Jr is not Sr 

ExLady In Blue --- 3 years ago -

Sorry, but if this man is a doctor, he is held to a higher standard than the guy/girl bagging my groceries. Personally and professionally, I do not know him, but if he is fighting these demons, then he should have stepped down until he was healthy himself.

It is like trying to help a drowning victim; you should not jump in the water to help that drowning victim, because you may end up having to save yourself and the drowning victim and you could both drown.

I've been around enough people high on "whatever" that I surely would not want even the most qualified of those people taking care of my health care. 

~sassy~ --- 3 years ago -

that I surely would not want even the most qualified of those people taking care of my health care.

Amen! 

DearestTattooedDragon --- 3 years ago -

Unfortunately, there's a greater temptation for doctors-it's so much easier to get a prescription-they really have to watch themselves not to get into that situation- 

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