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Man: Waffle House Employees ‘Started to Act Crazy’

Waffle House employees beg to differ.

A Buford man ended up in handcuffs after a more than four-hour visit at the Buford Highway Waffle House.

Gwinnett County Police were called to the restaurant shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 after Robert E. Leak, 58, of 1325 Hidden Circle Drive in Buford, allegedly refused to leave. According to the shift manager, Leak had been at Waffle House since 9 p.m.

When questioned by police, Leak denied any wrongdoing and said he was just trying to eat when the employees “started to act crazy.” The officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on Leak’s person and asked the man how much alcohol he had consumed. Leak, according to the police report, admitted having three beers. The officer also noted that Leak’s eyes were extremely bloodshot and that he was having difficulty standing in one place without swaying.

A waitress at the Waffle House advised the investigating officer that Leak had “scared off at least 10 customers because he was so loud and obnoxious.” The waitress added that Leak had visited the restaurant previously and had acted in the same manner.

The Waffle House manager requested that Leak be served with a criminal trespass warning and instructed not to return to the restaurant.

The officer subsequently placed Leak under arrest for disorderly conduct. Leak was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail and released later that day on a $135 bond.

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Other recent incidents investigated by the Gwinnett County Police Department include: 

Aug. 18

  • Theft by shoplifting in the 3200 block of Woodward Crossing Boulevard.
  • Theft by taking in the 1900 block of Mall of Georgia Boulevard.
  • Theft by taking in the 3100 block of Bart Johnson Road.
  • Theft by taking in the 1900 block of Buford Highway.
  • Theft by shoplifting in the 3200 block of Woodward Crossing Boulevard.
  • Battery in the 3100 block of English Ivy Way.
  • DUI arrest near the intersection of Buford Drive and I-985.
  • Disorderly conduct in the 4400 block of Nelson Brogdon Boulevard.
  • Simple assault in the 2200 block of Well Springs Drive.
  • Second-degree forgery in the 3300 block of Mall of Georgia Boulevard.

Aug. 19

  • Four reports of theft by shoplifting in the 3300 block of Buford Drive.
  • Theft by taking in the 200 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
  • Aggravated assault in the 5200 block of Creek Lane.
  • Stolen, lost or mislaid property in the 3700 block of Buford Drive.
  • DUI arrest near the intersection of Buford Highway and Buford Drive.

Aug. 20

  • Entering auto in the 3700 block of Buford Drive.
  • Stolen, lost or mislaid property in the 2500 block of Trailing Ivy Way.
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in the 4000 block of Sardis Church Road.
  • Theft by shoplifting in the 3300 block of Buford Drive.
  • Amphetamine possession in the 5100 block of Sycamore Road.
  • Burglary in the 4100 block of Sardis Church Road.

Aug. 21

  • Battery in the 2900 block of Ivy Mill Drive.
  • Burglary in the 5200 block of Arbor View Way.
  • Entering auto in the 3300 block of Buford Drive.

Aug. 22

  • Simple battery in the 3000 block of Hidden Falls Drive.
  • Motor vehicle theft in the 4800 block of Bryant Road.
  • Theft by taking in the 2400 block of Hamilton Mill Road.

Aug. 23

  • Disorderly conduct in the 4300 block of Buford Drive.

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