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Actor Gary Collins Accused of Felony 'Dine and Dash'

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JACKSON, Miss. -- Actor and former TV host Gary Collins was in a south Mississippi jail early Wednesday, charged with a felony after being accused of leaving a restaurant without paying his bill, police said.

Rodney McGilvary, assistant chief of the Biloxi PoliceDepartment, confirmed that Collins was charged Tuesday night withdefrauding an innkeeper. He was taken to the Harrison CountyDetention Center in Gulfport and held on a $5,000 bond.

Authorities said Collins was expected to face a court hearingduring the day Wednesday.

McGilvary said he wasn't sure if Collins had a lawyer.

Collins walked out on a $59.35 bill at Jazzeppi's restaurant,according to a statement released by the police department.Refusing to pay a bill of more than $25 is a felony in Mississippi.

McGilvary said Collins was drinking alcohol at the restaurant,but he wasn't sure how much or what kind of drinks were consumed.Collins left the restaurant and was later found at a home inBiloxi, but he wasn't given a breath test because he wasn'toperating a car when police arrived, McGilvary said.

Restaurant employees told Collins he needed to pay his bill andfollowed him into the parking lot, but he refused, police said. Acall to Jazzeppi's was not immediately returned.

Collins starred in the 1970s series "The Sixth Sense" and hasmade appearances on such series as "JAG," "Yes, Dear" and "TheYoung and the Restless," as well as on "The New HollywoodSquares."

He is married to Mary Anne Mobley, a former Miss America fromBrandon, Miss., and they spend some of their time in the state.

In November, Collins was charged with a misdemeanor for leavingthe scene of an accident in Jackson. He was fined $500. Police inthat case said Collins' Jeep rear-ended a Ford Focus at a stoplight. He exchanged information with the other driver, but droveoff before officers arrived.

The attorney who represented Collins in that case didn'timmediately respond Wednesday to a message left by The AssociatedPress.

In 2007, Collins was sentenced to four days in jail as theresult of a car wreck in California. Police blamed that accident onthe driver of the other car, but Collins pleaded no contest tomisdemeanor driving under the influence.

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