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Man Harassed, Head-Butted Staff at Boston Restaurant, Caught With Drugs: Police

Boston police say that Jason Wages drove off after threatening to shoot up the high-end restaurant, crashed his vehicle and was found by officers with drugs

A vehicle that crashed in the Boston Seaport area Thursday night, damaging a gas line, after a violent disturbance at a nearby restaurant. Inset: marijuana recovered by Boston police as part of the incident.
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A man who harassed staff and diners at a Boston Seaport restaurant turned belligerent Thursday evening, assaulting staff while using a racist slur before eventually being arrested with marijuana after crashing his vehicle, according to Boston police.

Jason Wages, a 29-year-old from Fall River, is accused of head-butting two employees, using a racial slur against one of them, and spitting at another before leaving the restaurant and threatening to shoot "everyone in the place," Boston police said Friday.

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But Wages didn't make it far from the restaurant, Ocean Prime -- Boston police said that he drove off, hitting another vehicle and crashing his own, and was found by officers on foot about a mile away on Drydock Avenue. Officers also found 53 heat-sealed bags of marijuana and $8,600 in two garbage bags as part of the search.

Wages was arrested and faces a drug charge, two assault and battery charges and two hit-and-run charges in South Boston District Court. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak to the charges.

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Officers were called to the high-end surf-and-turf restaurant about 6:20 p.m. for a report of a fight. Witnesses said that Wages was eating dinner with three other people and started harassing female waiters and customers, police said.

When staff of the restaurant confronted him, he head-butted one employee and repeatedly called him a racial slur, according to police. He then head-butted another employee and spit at the third, before leaving and threatening to shoot everyone there.

Grabbing his vehicle's keys from a valet, he drove off, hitting the first vehicle, police said. A witness told officers there'd been another crash at the Boston Public Works Building several blocks away on Northern Avenue, and police found a crashed vehicle there that had damaged a gas line.

Another witnesses told officers that two men had run away with garbage bags, police said. Wages was found about a block from the other man, who was in a parking garage. That man was questioned and released.

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