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article imageGary Collins arrested, charged felony for unpaid restaurant tab

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 6, 2011 in Crime
Biloxi - Biloxi Mississippi police arrested former TV host and actor Gary Collins and charged him with a felony for defrauding an innkeeper after he allegedly left a restaurant without paying his tab Tuesday night.
Rodney McGilvary, assistant chief of the Biloxi police department, confirmed that Collins was arrested, reports FOX news. McGilvary said Collins was still being held early Wednesday on a $5,000 bond at the Harrison County Detention Center in Gulfport.
The former TV host allegedly refused to pay the tab, totaling $59.35, even after employees followed him out to his car, telling him he had to settle up, Biloxi police said, according to the Los Angeles Times blogs.
The Sun Herald in Biloxi said that Collins told police he went to dinner at Jazzeppi's restaurant on Porter Avenue. He ordered steak and complained about it taking to long and eventually left the restaurant without eating his dinner.
Police arrested Collins and charged him with a felony after restaurant employees notified them of his refusal to pay the bill. State law makes the charge a felony when the alleged loss exceeds $25, according to the Sun Herald.
TMZ reports they have been in contact with Sharon Mattina, co-owner of Jazzeppi's, and "she says they're going to try to get the charges dropped. She thinks the whole thing was a misunderstanding."
Collins has a history of trouble with the law in Mississippi and California.
In November, Collins was fined $500 after being charged with a misdemeanour for leaving the scene of a minor auto accident in Jackson, Fox reports.
People magazine reported that Collins was arrested in Santa Barbara, California for DUI in February of 2009.
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