Cops: Drunk driver hits bar patio on purpose

Michael Tsilimos

Michael Tsilimos

NORCROSS -- A Duluth man is facing DUI and drug charges -- not to mention more than a dozen different traffic violations -- after allegedly slamming his pickup truck into the patio of a popular Norcross bar.

Michael Samuel Tsilimos, 31, was arrested early Monday morning after an eventful evening in and around the Tavern at Medlock. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remained at the Gwinnett County Detention Center in lieu of about $8,000 bond.

According to an incident report released by the Norcross Police Department, an officer was at the corner of Medlock Bridge Road and Medlock Corners Drive at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle drove by "at a very high rate of speed with no lights on." The officer activated his lights, and the driver of the Toyota Tacoma, later identified as Tsilimos, allegedly sped off and attempted to complete a U-turn.

After spinning out and running over the curb a few times, the responding officer wrote that Tsilimos continued to flee before stalling directly in front of the Tavern at Medlock, a restaurant and bar.

"While the driver sat stationary, I noticed him to be screaming at the patrons exiting the bar," the officer wrote. "The driver was stating, '(Expletive) you! I'm coming to get all you (expletive)!' The driver continued to act belligerent and was blowing the horn rapidly while continuing to yell."

As authorities approached the car on foot, Tsilimos reportedly sped toward the restaurant.

"The vehicle then accelerated directly towards the bar, jumping the embankment, and striking the patio fence, curb and shrubbery," police said.

Pulled from his truck, Tsilimos allegedly told officers that the bar had served him "six too many" and "should have cut him off a long time ago."

The tavern's owner told authorities on scene that Tsilimos had already been asked to leave once before, and that police had come out on that occasion as well. A witness told police that the man had hit a parked car before leaving as well.

The arresting officer allegedly found a bag of marijuana underneath the driver's seat of Tsilimos' truck.

En route to jail, Tsilimos said that "his family would soon come seek revenge for his arrest," police said.

The list of charges and citations filed against the Duluth resident -- who had been arrested just days earlier on disorderly conduct charges -- is a long one: DUI, hit and run, reckless driving, failure to stop, striking fixed object, failure to yield for emergency vehicle and marijuana possession are just a few of the 18 counts listed in jail records.


notblind 2 years, 9 months ago



SurelyNot 2 years, 9 months ago

If this is a mug shot, the perp shows no remorse. People could have been killed. Max punishment, I say. Seems like quite a few felony counts could be levied. Hope he does not get out of the 18 he earned. Does it seem like to anyone else that $8000 is a pittance?


SuxBeanU 2 years, 9 months ago

wait! I think I can dig this hole deeper.This dude should never be allowed to drive again.


R 2 years, 9 months ago

Anybody else notice an Erik Estrada lookalike gone bad in this photo???

Got a sudden urge for CHiPS ...



SickandTired 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes this idiot should not be allowed to drive but the reality is not having a license won't stop him from driving. He clearly isn't a Mensa member!!!


ManuelLabor 2 years, 9 months ago

Based on recent logic, shouldn't we ban automobiles if we are going to allow alcohol abuser repeat offenders to continue to drive? There were over 10,000 alcohol related automobile deaths nationally in 2010. The slaughter that no one cares about...


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