A Waffle House waitress in Georgia stands accused of spiking her co-worker’s drink with methamphetamine.
The alleged incident occurred in the 24-hour breakfast eatery back on December 23 in Dawson County, Georgia, about 60 miles east of Atlanta, but it is just now emerging in the news media following the suspect’s arrest last Friday following a six-week law enforcement investigation.
“Sonserea Dawn Evans has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and aggravated battery. Both charges are felonies, according to authorities,” Forsyth County News reported. Additional charges may be possible.
Based on surveillance video, cops apparently believe that Evans allegedly took the victim’s drink into the bathroom (and returned it) without his knowledge, putting drugs into the liquid in the process.
First responders rushed to the restaurant for a medical emergency about midnight on the night in question and rushed the co-worker to the hospital in serious condition.
The victim, Brian Mikeals, 37, collapsed and was in a coma for about a month; he is still receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital. A stint in rehab is likely next because he is still unable to walk or fully speak, CBS News affiliate WGCL-TV 46 reported.
Authorities have yet to identify a motive, but “We believe, obviously, that it was intentional; that she took the methamphetamine and put it in the cup for him to drink,” said a Dawson County Sheriff’s Department official, CBS 46 added.
The suspect, 43, is currently behind bars at the Dawson County Jail where she reportedly is not cooperating with detectives.
Waffle House officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was immediately terminated from her position and that the chain is fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation of the alleged meth poisoning incident.
Said Mikeals’ mother Pam about her son’s horrible ordeal, “Right now I just have to look ahead. I have to say, ‘Alright, if he gets his therapy, will he walk again?’ And I have to keep my hopes up that yes, he can walk again, yes he can talk again, yes he can take his daughter fishing again. If I don’t have that hope, I have nothing.”
Elsewhere in Georgia, a naked woman reportedly went berserk in a Waffle House restaurant last month. The woman allegedly broke the nose of another female customer with a punch to the face and threw plates or platters at customers, as well as one at a responding cop, and damaged a window in the process. The suspect in this incident faces a host of charges including aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, simple assault, obstruction, simple battery, and public indecency.
The Waffle House human resources department probably had another busy day when a story broke in January about two employees filmed while apparently styling their hair in front of the open kitchen grill using restaurant equipment, this after a customer found hair in his food. The manager of the Arkansas store subsequently terminated them, and the health inspector paid a visit to the restaurant to check things out.
Last October, an apparently disgruntled and very price-conscious Waffle House customer was accused of shattering the front door of the restaurant over a 50-cent increase in the price of a sausage biscuit, according to police in another Atlanta suburb.
Founded in 1955 in the Atlanta area, and still headquartered there, the Waffle House always-open breakfast chain and purported cultural icon has more than 2,000 locations in 25 states, with a primary focus on the south.
The Waffle House, including its often earthy or raucous but usually friendly atmosphere, is a guilty pleasure for fans from all walks of life.
[Photo by Ric Feld/AP]