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Madison men arrested after Waffle House altercation

October 15, 2020 - 13:24
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Two Madison men face multiple charges for their involvement in a fracas at the Waffle House located at 1941 Eatonton Road next to the Krystal.

Eric Lee Cook, 38, is being charged with DUI, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, and Robert Mitchell is being charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and interference with the business of another. 

According to police reports, Madison police officers were dispatched to the restaurant on the night of Oct. 2 after receiving a complaint that two men were cursing at the manager and customers. 

But when officers arrived, Cook and Mitchell had both been knocked down and were lying on the floor.

The Waffle House manager said problems began because Cook and Mitchell could not be seated due to social distancing guidelines that forced some tables to be closed.

The manager advised the two men to wait outside, but according to the report, Cook and Mitchell continued to curse at the manager and a customer seated at the back table.

At that point a group of high school kids reportedly arrived at the restaurant and Cook and Mitchell turned their attention to them, allegedly using racial slurs and approaching them in an aggressive manner. The manager told police that the high school kids defended themselves and knocked both Cook and Mitchell to the floor. 

The kids then left the scene and were nowhere to be found when police arrived. 

According to police reports, Cook and Mitchell were both "extremely intoxicated.”

Cook said he had not driven to the Waffle House but since his keys were in his pocket, he was charged with DUI anyway after a breathalyzer indicated positive results.

Mitchell and Cook were then taken to the Morgan County jail.