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Duluth Man Gets Kicked Out of Bar, Crashes Car Into Patio

Michael Tsilimos was kicked out of a Duluth bar this week for being loud and unruly. Instead of calling it a night, however, Tsilimos decided to go on a rampage in his truck.

Tsilimos allegedly led Norcross police on a chase before smashing his truck into the patio of the Tavern at Medlock. He's now facing a whopping 18 charges, including DUI, Channel 2 Action News reports.

After being ejected from the bar, Tsilimos allegedly crashed into a car in the parking lot of a nearby Burger King. He then stopped in the middle of the road and made an illegal U-turn in front of a Norcross officer, according to authorities.

The officer tried to catch up, but Tsilimos allegedly drove his truck over a curb, down a hill, and across a parking lot. He stopped in front of the Tavern at Medlock and began loudly harassing patrons who were on the patio. Tsilimos then revved his engine and smashed his truck into the fence surrounding the patio, police said.

"I think he purposely intended to cause harm to people here," the tavern's owner said. "He was definitely under the influence of something because he was absolutely crazy, he was screaming and shouting and totally out of control."

The incident wasn't Tsilimos' first run-in with the law. He was arrested Dec. 12 for disorderly conduct after he began yelling and rocking back and forth in a FedEx store. Tsilimos told police he's "bipolar and was not on any medication," according to authorities.

If it turns out that Tsilimos wasn't drunk but simply off his medication, the DUI charge may be dropped. However, even if that's the case, Tsilimos could still face an aggravated assault charge.

Under Georgia law, any person who uses a deadly weapon to assault someone is guilty of aggravated assault. While guns and knives are the most common examples, vehicles are considered "deadly weapons" if they're used to assault people.

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