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DECATUR — Police said a Decatur man who smashed his way through a closed restaurant’s front door, apparently so he could get to the restroom, was arrested Friday night.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the incident happened about 11:34 p.m. at the Subway restaurant at 248 E. North Park St. Writing in the affidavit, Police Officer Philip Ganley said a nearby resident heard and saw the 49-year-old man swinging a chair against the front door glass “approximately 15 times” until it shattered.

“I observed (the man) walk through the broken glass front door into the business and he then walked into the bathroom,” wrote Ganley in the affidavit.

The man was booked on preliminary charges of criminal damage and criminal trespass; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. The restaurant owner told police the door would cost $800 to repair.

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Ganley said when the man was questioned about what he had done, he replied: “Something to the effect of the glass was in his way and he had to get past it,” he said in the affidavit.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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