Lincoln man charged after trying to run over Grotto Pizza employee

MILFORD – A 52-year-old Lincoln man was arrested July 12 after he allegedly attempted to run over a Grotto’s Pizza Restaurant employee in June, according to police.

Jeffrey Hatch

Jeffrey Hatch

On June 27, Jeffrey L. Hatch was at Grotto’s located in the 100 block of Silicato Way in Milford consuming food and beverages. After refusing to pay for the items, he removed more unconsumed items , placed them in a carry-out box and left the restaurant.

An employee followed Hatch outside into the parking lot as he got into his vehicle. As the employee stood near the front of Hatch’s vehicle, making contact with him about his unpaid bill, Hatch began inching his vehicle forward into the employee’s legs. The employee then jumped out of the way of Hatch’s vehicle as he suddenly sped forward at a high rate of speed leaving the area.

Hatch was charged with aggravated menacing, reckless endangering in the second degree, theft of services under $1,000, offensive touching and multiple traffic offenses. He was arraigned and released on $2,601 unsecured bond.

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