Eat-and-run charge against Gary Collins dismissed

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Posted: Mar 02, 2011 1:40 PM
Eat-and-run charge against Gary Collins dismissed

A judge has dismissed a charge against actor Gary Collins for allegedly leaving a Mississippi restaurant without paying his bill.

A Harrison County court clerk said Judge Albert Fountain dismissed the case Wednesday after an employee of Jazzeppi's restaurant asked to withdraw his complaint.

Collins had been charged with defrauding a Biloxi innkeeper after allegedly failing to pay a $59.35 bill on Jan. 4. Refusing to pay a bill of more than $25 is a felony in Mississippi

Calls to the restaurant by The Associated Press were not returned Wednesday. The phone was answered by a recording. However, restaurant owner David Mattina had said he planned to get the charge dropped.

A call went unanswered to a Biloxi number listed to Collins.