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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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HarlotO'Hara    

Mary Ann is too busy getting her face and body nipped and tucked to bother with her drunk.

1353 days ago
17.

anony    

He should move in with the Jersey Shore people.

1353 days ago
18.

carol    

He is NOT a Star. Never was. He needs to be institutionalized, jail or mental ward, someplace.

1353 days ago
19.

yikes    

AWWW someone buy Gary Collins some dinner! Poor Ole SOB.

1353 days ago
20.

dd    

I thought his marriage broke up a long time ago...HE NEEDS TO GROW The HELL UP AN HANDLE HIS PROBLEMS B4 HE KILLS SOMEONE!

1353 days ago
21.

artie help    

people , please see the light here, this guy brings ALOT of other floks to these establishments because of his huge celebrity status, he's the rainmaker who's been giving so much for so long to others, be understanding

1353 days ago
22.

Nicole    

No, Artie Help, Gary Collins WAS a star. Now he's an alcoholic who skips out on the tab and drives drunk. He needs help.

1353 days ago
23.

Oval Beach    

Man...I bet he longs for the PM Magazine days of taping 5 shows in a day and then spending the rest of the week in his home in Holmby Hills with his wife...those were the days...sudden nostalgia can be so painful when it is only a fleeting memory and not in the realm of potential possibility.

1353 days ago
24.

Sarafina    

He NEEDS sobriety and maybe a trip to Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (Season 5)...jus' sayin'

1353 days ago
25.

Sarcastic1     

Gary Collins looks like he is a couple of drinks from being required to be registed as a sex offender. He use to look sexy but now a hot hot hot mess

1353 days ago
26.

val1224    

Only in Mississippi would they spell Giuseppe as Jazzeppi.

1353 days ago
27.

shamon    

Next he will say the Star Whackers are out to get him

I hate drunk driving!!

1353 days ago
28.

barbara    

His side of the story: http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/05/2752627/actor-gary-collins-arrested-in.html (Honestly, he has a good argument - service isn't as good as you'd think it would be here in South MS.) I've felt like leaving a time or two at other establishments here.

1353 days ago
29.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

he should have ate at burger king and had a double cheese whooper,they would have let him eat for free

1353 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

Only in Mississippi would they spell Giuseppe as Jazzeppi.

Posted at 9:07 AM on Jan 5, 2011 by val1224

You do realize it's a play on words because they play jazz there, right. Nevermind..guess you don't.

1353 days ago
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