Man causes commotion at pizza outlet, police say


Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.

A man who told employees at a pizza restaurant that he had a phone chip that would take down the police department was arrested after witnesses said he tried to swallow the chip, according to a report.

Joseph Christensen, 22, of Gainesville, went into the Five Star Pizza outlet at 210 SW Second Ave. around 4 a.m. Saturday and started yelling at employees, according to the Gainesville Police Department report.

He yelled that he had a phone chip that he was going to use to take down the police, witnesses said. Employees told him to leave but he returned numerous times before police were called.

When police arrived, Christensen was on the ground in front of the door to the business and witnesses told police they thought he had swallowed the phone chip.

Police found the SIM card in his mouth. While he was being arrested, Christensen tried to run away but he was caught by police officers.

Christensen was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

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