Man charged in fight over gas station customer’s ethnicity

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been accused of starting a fight at a gas station over a customer’s ethnicity.

The Westerly Sun in Rhode Island reports that 47-year-old New London resident John Pickering is charged with driving under the influence and interfering with police.

Police say Pickering asked a man at the gas station about his ethnicity and became aggressive. The confrontation was broken up quickly with no injuries.

Officers who were called to the Shell Service Station say Pickering locked himself in his car and refused to identify himself. Police say they smelled alcohol. Pickering got out of his car after several minutes and was taken into custody.

He is scheduled to appear March 21 in New London Superior Court.

Pickering declined to comment.

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