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Drunk man "stalks" store employees
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A Newton County man was arrested Monday evening and charged with public drunk after reportedly "stalking" Dollar General employees and acting up in a wing shop.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a Dollar General on Salem Road. When they arrived, they met with a store clerk who was standing outside of the store. She reportedly told them that the man, later identified as 50-year-old Tracy Harris, had just left the store after being there for about 30 minutes.

According to reports, the clerk told deputies Harris had followed her and other employees around the store making "smart comments." When they asked him to stop or to leave, he "would get belligerent." She gave deputies a description of Harris and told them he left and headed toward Susie's Wings.

Since it was late, the parking lot by the wing shop didn't have many cars there. As soon as deputies drove up, they noticed everyone inside of the wing shop was looking at Harris - both adults and children - and that Harris appeared to be talking.

When deputies walked inside, they noted everyone looked at them "as if they were expecting that [Harris] was the reason we were there."

Deputies asked Harris if he could come outside and speak with them, and he reportedly turned around but looked the opposite direction from where deputies were standing. Eventually he began walking - very slowly - outside. Deputies noted he had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him. However, when they asked him if he'd had anything to drink he told them he had not. Eventually, he admitted to drinking, but said he'd had only one that night.

He was placed under arrest for public drunk and transported to the Newton County Detention Center.