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DC Police Claim Man in Wheelchair Fell


On Thursday, May 19, the Metro Transit Police on routine patrol at the U St. Metrorail station observed a patron in a wheelchair drinking an alcoholic beverage. The officers asked the patron to leave the area and he refused. The officers then attempted to issue the patron a citation and when the patron refused to comply with the issuance of a citation he was told that he would be placed under arrest. The patron resisted arrest which resulted in him falling out of his wheelchair. The patron was arrested for assault on a police officer and drinking in public.

The patron was transported to a local hospital with a minor injury.
Metro Transit Police are following up on this report.

Steven Taubenkibel
Public Information Officer
WMATA-Office of Media Relations
P: 202 962 2474


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Comment by Sharon Jarvis
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He fell?  The video shows them lifting him out of the chair.  They asked him to leave and he refused.  Geez, he's in a wheelchair; they couldn't wheel him out and take away the alcohol?  Finally, aren't there more important crimes to deal with?

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