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CBS' Mike Wallace cited for disorderly conduct

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Wallace was released soon after being issued a summons.
Mike Wallace

NEW YORK (CNN) -- CBS News veteran Mike Wallace, 86, was arrested Tuesday evening outside a New York City restaurant and issued a summons for disorderly conduct.

Alan Fromberg, deputy commissioner for public affairs at the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), told CNN that Wallace allegedly lunged at a TLC inspector about 8:30 p.m. ET.

Two TLC inspectors saw that Wallace's vehicle, registered with the commission, was double-parked and approached the driver. According to Fromberg, while the two inspectors were questioning the driver and checking the vehicle, Wallace came out of Luke's Bar and Grill on Manhattan's Upper East side carrying a take-out order.

Wallace then approached the two inspectors, Fromberg said, in an "overtly assertive and disrespectful manner." Wallace was asked to step away three times by the inspectors. Wallace did not comply.

After the third request to step aside, Wallace "[lunged] at one of the inspectors," Fromberg said.

The second inspector handcuffed Wallace and placed him in an unmarked TLC vehicle. Wallace was then escorted to the 19th precinct and "issued a summons for disorderly conduct," Fromberg said.

He was released soon afterward.

Luigi Militello, owner of Luke's Bar and Grill, told CNN that Wallace is a regular customer at his restaurant and "anyone that knows him can tell you he doesn't behave wildly."

Militello said he observed the incident from inside the restaurant. Although Militello could not hear what was said, he said the inspector acted unprofessionally.

"One of the officers was totally out of line," Militello said. "He manhandled him [Wallace] as if he was a common criminal."

Wallace called Militello after he was released from the precinct to let him know he was home "eating his meatloaf."

Calls to CBS News for comment were not immediately returned.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission receives applications and distributes limousine and taxi licenses in New York.

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