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Man asked to leave restaurant, assaults officer, goes to jail

At 2:30 this morning East Precinct officers were called to the IHOP restaurant on East Madison for a report of an intoxicated man picking fights with customers.  Staff at the restaurant wanted the man removed.  Officers arrived,  contacted the man,  and escorted him outside.  Once outside in the parking lot, the 34 year old man became even more agitated,  yelling at officers and striking one of the officers in the face with his hand.  After a struggle, the officers took the man into custody. Both the suspect and officer were checked out at Harborview Medical Center before the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.