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Bar patron facing charges after discharging pepper spray in restroom

(Photo: Bellingham Police Department)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 35-year-old man police say dispensed pepper spray in a restaurant’s restroom after being refused service at the bar is facing charges.

The Bellingham Herald reports in a story on Friday that Todd Grant Hawley is charged with suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

Authorities say police responded to Mykonos Greek Restaurant on Tuesday after workers reported trouble with a customer.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Kevin Hester says restaurant workers asked Hawley to leave, but he went into the bathroom and discharged pepper spray, causing patrons to leave the restaurant.

Hester says police found Hawley with a can of pepper spray and brass knuckles. He was taken to the Whatcom County Jail and released on $1,500 bail. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com