Arlington Police Help Wake Up Drunk Passenger in Ocean City Taxi

by ARLnow.com September 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm 10,278 39 Comments

Arlington County Police helped to wake up an intoxicated passenger in a taxi cab that had traveled all the way from Ocean City, Md. early Labor Day morning.

Police responded to the cab, which was parked on S. Joyce Street across from Pentagon Row, around 4:00 a.m. on Monday morning. They were told that the passenger was intoxicated and, following the 150+ mile drive from Ocean City to Arlington, the driver was not able to wake him up.

Police arrived on scene and assisted in waking up the man. Within a few minutes, the cab was on its way back to Ocean City.

Lauren Satchell, a manager for the cab company, Ocean City Taxi, said long distance rides like that one are not unheard of. In fact, she said the company handles one or two such requests per week. Recent destinations, according to one driver, included College Park, Md. and New York City.

“We go anywhere, as long as there’s money for the ride,” Satchell said. According to Satchell, passengers on such rides are required to make a $400 cash deposit prior to the trip. If there’s money left over at the end, it’s refunded. Another manager said the ride to Arlington would have likely cost around $350.

As for why passengers would travel such a far distance by cab, we’re told that the reasons vary, but usually involve some sort of emergency that requires them to get somewhere as soon as possible, or a situation that leaves them without transportation home.

“Usually, when someone goes from Ocean City to far away it’s because something happened, like they got pulled over and their license was suspended, or they come down with a friend and their friends left them,” Satchell said.

Satchell said she could not confirm why police were called on Monday, but did say that the company has a policy regarding unresponsive passengers.

“Legally we are not allowed to touch them to wake them up,” she said. “So if we can’t get them up by screaming, our procedure is to call the police department.”

  • CrystalMikey

    Wow…that was one pricey fare.

  • craig


    • craig

      also, who took this photo at 4am?

  • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

    what an awesome story. wow.

  • So?

    Can you charge someone with something here,or is it just a check to make sure he is ok? Would it be a drunk in public or public intoxication?

    Anyone know?

    • SouthArlJD

      See comment below. Yep, the cops can and do charge such people with being drunk in public.

  • SouthArlJD

    Wonder if they charged the guy with being drunk in public. I’ve seen cases like that in Arlington, where some hapless, passed out passenger is found in a car and the cops decide to charge him with DIP even though he’s not actually outside making a nuisance of himself.

    • CW

      Would think there would be some sort of issue with deeming the inside of a car to be a public space but I guess that is why I am not known to be a constitutional scholar.

      • Reality check

        I thought everyone who has ever heard the wordconstitution is a constitutional scholar. Foxnews says so.

        • SomeGuy

          “Foxnews says so.”

          Can you supply a reference?

          • malaka
          • Quoth the Raven

            Yes, a typo in a graphic is the reference he was looking for.

          • malaka

            Try readin the article:
            The Constitution actually contains seven articles, none of which have more than 10 sections. It also has 27 amendments, none of which contain anywhere near 144 sections.

            The language Fox quoted from actually comes from a statute passed by Congress, Title 28 of the U.S. Code, Section 455. But that’s the very statute legal ethicists have analyzed in finding that Kagan does not need to recuse herself because of the email.

          • curious george

            Media Matters is about as objective as, well, Fox news.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Thanks, but I did read the article. Sigh. The comment was “I thought everyone who has ever heard the wordconstitution is a constitutional scholar. Foxnews says so.” Then, Some Guy asked for a reference. You provided some time when Fox screwed up the Constitution. It has nothing to do with Fox News saying someone is or is not a constitutional scholar. It was just a cheap shot. Fox News, like all other media outlets, makes mistakes. Lighten up!

          • SomeGuy

            Thank you, QTR, for clarifying for malaka. I am not holding my breath for the reference in question.

          • pedant

            LOL – a bit more than a typo!

      • bill o’reilly

        neither am I but I play one on TV

    • Regis

      ACPD can be pretty cool about that.

      CSB: I got tanked at Ballston years ago, back when UNO’s was across the street. I had parked my car in the mall garage, and was going between UNO’s and Rock Bottom with some friends, hopping back and forth several times. They ended up leaving me at UNO’s and when I tried to go back to find them at Rock Bottom the mall was closed. Security escorted me out, but I got stupid and went around to the sky bridge and came in that way. They found me again and said I had to leave and I said my car was in the garage and I was just trying to get out of the mall. Stupid thing to say. They made me walk up to my car and just stood there, waiting for me to get in at which point I’m sure they would have called the cops. So I just turned and walked back into the mall. That really pissed them off so they called the police.

      Cop came and took me down to the little office they keep in the garage lower level, told me about how the security guys were jagoffs, and gave me a ride home, right to my front door.

      • Resident

        Seems that the security guards were doing their jobs so disparaging them was not really being “cool” about anything but enabling a drunk to… be a nuisance.

      • Trevor’s Lifting Partner

        TREVOR?! Is that you? I can’t believe your fellow bra’s left you……Nice to know there are some good bro’s on the force though


        • Regis

          I doubt Trevor was old enough to drink when UNO’s was around.

  • PCity

    “So if we can’t get them up by screaming, our procedure is to call the police department.”

    I’m so glad that “screaming” is part of their policy. Made my day.

    • Ralph


    • AlexandriaMegg

      Definitely made me chuckle.

  • Mike

    They should drive this guy straight to rehab. If you get to this point in life, you clearly need help.

    • ef yourself

      thats what i’m saying. it’s a shame that it’s not viewed as a health issue, rather than “an awesome story, bro”

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Bet the brah had on brown flip flops

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    At least the cabbie got paid. Remember the story a few years ago about a shyster who got a Detroit cab driver to drive him overnight to DC, and took off at a Bethesda gas station?

  • craig

    that would kind of suck to wake up to a cop though. Talk about awkward.

  • YTK

    I hope the cab driver got a tip!!!
    I walked past someone who was unresponsive on the sidewalk once — I yelled at him (my best NYCity yell) and he didn’t move. So I called the cops — the EMTS came, they finally got him to “wake up” — he was very shocked when he came to – drunk as a skunk.

  • Not Me

    South Arlington?

  • BangBrahs

    At least I didn’t drive. Get off my ball sack bruh

    • dood

      OC out of powdered garlic?

  • Arlington Cat

    Fox News has made a big deal out of the word “God” being left off the Democratic platform, but in no case today has Fox News mentioned the word “God” is not in the Constitution.

  • Charles

    “Legally we are not allowed to touch them to wake them up” REALLY??
    What about doing CPR? Are taxi drivers prohibited from performing CPR? How can they tell the difference if someone is unconscious or passed out then has a heart attack? (suspecting there is both justification and stupidity at work in Arlington, as usual)

  • doug drabek

    I once got so drunk at preakness i took a cab back to arlington.

    130$. I also had the cab driver pull over on the side of some highway or another because I had to vomit.

    the next day was horrible

  • Thomas

    I once took a big poop in the backseat of a Arlington Red Top cab. Boy was the driver mad! He still drove me to my destination though. Loved that guy!

  • Arl Ofc

    I’m the officer who woke up the passenger. To answer questions in this thread – 1) The interior of a vehicle on a public road is considered “public” for legal purposes and a drunk person in a vehicle can indeed be arrested for appearing drunk in public and 2) In this case the passenger was cooperative and able to provide his home address when I woke him up so we just gave him a ride home. Contrary to popular belief, most officers do not relish making DIP arrests and then having to deal with surly, irrational people covered in vomit, urine, feces, etc.


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