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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A restaurant customer is out of jail after being arrested for several crimes, including trying to hit the restaurant’s manager with his car over the weekend.

Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Rawley says shortly after midnight Sunday, police were called to TGI Friday’s on Oleander Dr. for a report of a drunk man who had gotten into an argument with another customer about driving. When the manager tried to intervene, Richard Surratt, 20, allegedly put him in a choke hold, then left without paying his bill. The manager told police he went to the parking lot and got Surratt’s license plate number. That’s when he said Surratt tried to hit him with his car, but the manager jumped out of the way.

Police charged Surratt with assault with a deadly weapon, DWI, driving after consuming less than 21 years old, defrauding an innkeeper, possession of a fake ID and simple assault.

He is due back in court April 21.


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