Ex-college brat caught in viral mac and cheese tantrum arrested again for fighting cops in rehab
A former college student whose drunken tirade against a cafeteria worker made national news has been arrested again at a rehabilitation center.
Luke Gatti was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment after screaming racial slurs and other insults while holding an open beer at a University of Connecticut employee in October after the cafeteria ran out of jalapeño-bacon macaroni and cheese.
The 20-year-old was granted pretrial probation in December, which would have erased charges of breach of peace and criminal trespass from his record if he stayed out of trouble during his accelerated rehabilitation period.
But that won’t like happen after Gatti was arrested for fighting with police officers at a Florida rehab facility, reported MassLive.
Boca Raton police said Gatti fled without shoes May 27 from the Wellness Resource Center hours after arriving from a detoxification center in Fort Lauderdale.
Gatti appeared to be going through withdrawal when he arrived, staffers said, and he fled on foot after a doctor denied him medication to alleviate discomfort associated with detoxification.
He returned about two hours later and demanded his belongings, and a police officer found him agitated, sweaty and out of breath.
The officer told Gatti she was concerned about his safety, and she said he made suicidal statements.
Gatti tried to leave the building again, and the officer tried to take him into protective custody under the Baker Act.
The officer said Gatti slapped her hand away, and a second officer grabbed his arm.
Gatti backed up, causing both of them to fall, and he continued struggling as the other officer tried to take him into custody.
He was briefly hospitalized and treated for abrasions on his back, and then booked into jail on one count of battery on a law enforcement officer.
Gatti was previously arrested in two separate 2014 incidents while a student at the University of Massachusetts on charges of assault and battery on police officer and disorderly conduct.