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Metro places track worker on leave

Metro has placed a track worker on paid administrative leave after he was arrested Thursday by Metro Transit Police and charged with being drunk in public and impeding a police officer with force.

Robert Moss, an employee tyson.gifwith Metro's Track and Structures/Systems Maintenance Department who had been with Metro since 2006, was off duty at the time of his arrest. Police noticed Moss was unsteady on his feet feed and approached him. Moss ran and then struggled with officers as they apprehended him, Metro said.

"Robert Moss is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by Metro," Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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He may have been unsteady on his "feed," but it sounds like he was pretty steady on his drink.

If they fixed it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35077122@N06/4700401223/sizes/m/

Posted by: unsuckdcmetro | June 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

unsuckdcmetro, good job. Here's a cookie for your ever diligent, hard editorial work.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | June 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Man I guess you can't get drunk in your own house now if you work for METRO. Look if a bus driver can punch McGruff and get his job back, then a track worker drunk in public should be back in no time. I'll have a drink for you, Mr. Moss.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

PublicEnemy1, Metro has a rule that you can not drink while in a Metro uniform on duty or off duty. Metro employees, even those in offfices who never drive a Metro vehicle and are in business suits, can not drink during business hours.

If you are away from the DC area on Metro business in another city you still are not allowed to drink.

I can tell you first hand that if you are off duty and had some drinks and are then called in to work you can face punitive actions if you show up impaired.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 14, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

PublicEnemy1:
The problem is that he was visibly drunk IN HIS PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT. Get drunk at home all you want but I'm sure you'd be suspended/fired if you went to your job visibly drunk on or off duty. Try to focus when you blog...

Posted by: dcdoug | June 14, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

What was the crime here?

Dude was "unsteady on his feet." Not a crime.

Dude didn't stick around when the cops showed up. Not a crime.

Looks like the cops decided that because the guy was a Metro employee, they could use their police power -- the power to chase, to tackle, to arrest -- to enforce the Metro employee handbook.

Unless the cops have started chasing and tackling everybody who is "unsteady on their feet" (please, please start with Clarendon Metro at 2 a.m.), then this sounds like ridiculously selective enforcement.

Posted by: kcx7 | June 14, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of hard hitting expose that The Post is famous for. Metro worker gets drunk. Now we need a story on a city worker illegally baby sitting grandchildren while off duty. Go Post

Posted by: vwallen@bellatlantic.net | June 15, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

The full article on the ArlNow website says "He was charged with being drunk in public and impeding an officer with force (assault)."

kcx7, while being "unsteady on his feet" may not be a crime, it could be an indication of public intoxication, which is a crime. It is the officer's duty to then investigate the situation, which they tried to do by appoaching the man. If he hadn't run, they probably would have just told him to go home. Perhaps they were concerned he was drunk and STILL on duty since he was in uniform, a valid concern. I know as a customer if I saw this employee in a metro station with his uniform on and visibily drunk, I would be worried. How would I know he's not about to drive a bus or operate a train?

Since he ran, they probably told him to stop which he obviously didn't, so there is another crime, disobeying a police officer. Then when they tried to apprehend him, he resisted arrest (a crime) and assaulted the police office (also a crime).

I'm so glad we have such fine, upstanding citizens employed by the fine WMATA system.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | June 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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