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Three refuse to pay tab, ram bar with truck

Apparently upset they had been thrown out of a Merced area bar, three inebriated patrons tried, with limited success, to drive their truck into the front of the establishment, according to police.

Deputy Paul Barile, spokesman for the Merced County Sheriff's Department, said the men, in a white-colored 2004 or 2005 Toyota Tundra, are being sought on assault with a deadly weapon charges in connection with the 10:30 p.m. incident Saturday at La Casada Bar, 2611 N. Santa Fe Drive, in Merced.

Barile said the men had ordered beers at the bar and refused to pay for them, setting up several confrontations with security guards including a scuffle just before the truck rammed the front door, posts and wall, also hitting the guards. The security guards weren't injured.

The only description available for the men is they are Hispanic males who were wearing jeans and T-shirts. Barile said the pickup has a shattered windshield where the guards hit it with flashlights, along with front end damage.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department's anonymous tipline at 209-385-7616, Barile said.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209-385-2485 or