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Gary Collins

Arrested for Felony

Dine and Dash

1/5/2011 11:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's been rough going for Gary Collins ... TMZ has learned the former Miss America/"Hour Magazine" host has been arrested for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper.

Gary Collins Arrested
Collins -- who has been arrested 3 times and convicted twice of DUI -- was busted in Biloxi, Mississippi Tuesday at 10:39 PM.  According to employees at the restaurant, they told him as he left he had to pay his bill, but Collins ignored them.  The employees even followed him out to the parking lot ... in vain.

Collins allegedly ordered food at Jazzeppi's Restaurant and left without paying his $59.35 bill.  Get this ... refusing to pay a restaurant bill for anything over $25 in Ole Miss is a FELONY!

He was released early this morning on $5,000 bail.

UPDATE: We finally found out what Collins allegedly ate -- sources connected to the meal tell us Gary had the "Chef's steak specialty ... a $40 value!" He also had "some alcohol."

UPDATE: We spoke to Sharon Mattina -- co-owner of Jazeppi's -- and she says they're going to try to get the charges dropped. She thinks the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

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1.

Bubbles The Chimp    

It is a state with 'REAL' laws. Not like CA's pathetic celeb catering rubbish.

1201 days ago
2.

Oval Beach    

Enough for this loser...time to pay the piper you entitled (and he walked out of that place with a sense of entitlement, "I don't have to pay this bill, I'm Gary Collins") sob.

1201 days ago
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artie help    

he's a star for goodness sakes, how much free publicity is that cheesey restaurant recieving because of this "misunderstanding"??

1201 days ago
4.

grog    

How the mighty have fallen...

1201 days ago
5.

Ernie    

I guess Gary thought because of who is he thinks he's entitled to free meals. Well I guess the restaurant owner didn't see that way. Gary has turned in a piece of sh*t now. I guess this Gary didn't say all of his TV money. Hey Gary the people in Mississippi have your number. I guess your going to be staying in on of Mississippi's finest jails, I hear they have great food and you don't have to pay for it. Assh*le

1201 days ago
6.

lou    

This guy is like an older, completely washed-up version of Lindsay Lohan. I really despise it when people drive drunk. He needs to be locked up for a while AND his car taken away. Sheesh! Yeah, and pay your darned restaurant bill, pal. People who run a business have a right to get paid.

1201 days ago
7.

get real    

Was It a Lack Of Communication? Did he have a problem with the Food? was The Pasta Under or Overcooked?

1201 days ago
8.

yup    

He should do a new show called "Happy Hour Magazine".

1201 days ago
9.

barbara    

FYI: Jazeppi's is a high-priced martini bar.

1201 days ago
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barbara    

oops, typo: Jazzeppi's = It's a really nice marti bar. Not sure with his alcohol problem that he should have gone there.

1201 days ago
11.

cindy    

There's something wrong with that man. for starters, he needs to go to AA. Or slack up on the drinking.

1201 days ago
12.

artie help    

you are all missing the point- he's a STAR. He has brought alot of attention to this 2nd class establishment, give the guy a drink and a break. sheesh!!

1201 days ago
13.

Bippy    

It is amazing how ALCOHOL can destroy a persons life - I hope he doesn't take up smoking that would kill him!!!!

1201 days ago
14.

HarlotO'Hara    

he should've gone for a long walk on a short pier after dinner. damn, the gulf is right there across the street.

1201 days ago
15.

Lyn    

Gary Collins is obviously a deeply troubled and unhappy man.
I agree that he should not be driving under the influence or doing things as he just did at the restaurant.
However, it appears that he is out of control when it comes to making these decisions-- and SOMEONE, namely his WIFE, should intervene and have him placed in a recovery facility.

Get your husband the help he needs by any means necessary before he kills himself or someone else.

1201 days ago
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