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Metro worker arrested in police assault

4:15 p.m. Update: Metro said the employee who was arrested is named Robert Moss and there has been no change in his employment status.

"The incident occurred off duty. He hasn''t missed any duty time. The matter will be addressed when he reports for duty," said Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff.

Woodruff said the agency was "unable to provide information about his arrest history."

Original post: The ARLnow blog is reporting that a Metro employee was arrested Thursday night at the Pentagon City Metro station. Their report is here.

According to a statement from Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff sent to The Washington Post in response to a query about the Arlnow item, the male employee, who has worked for the agency since December 2006, was observed by Metro Transit Police around 5:15 p.m. Thursday and appeared to be "unsteady on his feet. The man, who was off-duty, began to run as the officers approached. He then struggled with the officers when they apprehended him."

Woodruff said the man, who Metro did not identify, was charged with being drunk in public and impeding an officer with force. The statement described the man as an employee with Metro's Track and Structures/Systems Maintenance Department.

Check back with the Dr. Gridlock blog for more details.

By Michael Bolden  | June 11, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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Drunk metro workers... That explains a lot.

Posted by: ericroks | June 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Darn, I was hoping the story was related to the McGruff the Crime Doggie assault.

Posted by: thetan | June 11, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

So the guy appears to be "unsteady on his feet." The cops begin to approach him, he takes off, and the cops decide it's a good idea to chase him down and tackle him...because he was 'unsteady on his feet' and ran away when approached. Real nice use of police resources. "He appears to be drunk! Get him!!!!"

Posted by: pswift00 | June 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

He's running! International sign of guilt!

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Metro and their union will put him back to work in no time. He'll get a nice paid vacation, a stint in rehab paid for by Metro, and he'll be driving a bus or a train near you very soon.

Posted by: dcisajoke | June 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

He was off duty, not at work Right? What's the big deal,everyone that is drunk or not steady on their feet will they get their name in the paper? Why this guy? If you are going to report this as new's, than do it for everyone put all the name's of people in that condition in the newspaper. This is No concern of anyone but him, and the police.Print new's, this is not New's, Reporter's Get A Life.

Posted by: onesugar | June 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I see you Dr. Gridlock acting like Dr. Phil...You reported on a guy who was off-duty...What the hell does this have to to do with the a traffic blog?? Read the comments dude you are OUT OF LINE here. Keep the reporting topics in focus and professional.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | June 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't have to worry. If he gets fired, arbitration will give him his job back.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 11, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Big deal.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, like MajorFacemask says, what does an arrest of a Metro employee at a Metro station have to do with transportation?

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 11, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

He works for Metro track and structures/system maintenance. Now we know why the trains are always skipping tracks. He can't see straight !

Posted by: curtis1112 | June 11, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

These comments are like something on comedy central. Maybe the man was still in his uniform when he was stumbling so it got extra attention? When anyone is stumbling, they could fall on the track. There was a video released recently where a drunk man fell on a railroad track and had to be rescued by two police just in time before an oncoming train would have run them all over.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | June 11, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

You are not allowed to drink while in a Metro uniform even when off duty. That's why he ran. You are also not allowed to drink at ANYTIME when you are on Metro business. Even when you are out of town, in a business suit, at the end of the business day.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 11, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Investigate, and watch himreturn to work with a pay raise and a union positon too.
These guys are like the fake preachers in DC SE in particular who prey (not pray) on the less fortunate and everday citizens pay for their perks and hapless contracts or employment to provide for more of the same old bird's or bull's hit.

Posted by: FakeFatSEChurchby7DPo-Po | June 12, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Why was he running? Metro won't fire him.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 12, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Why are punk Metro Police Officers at the Pentagon City station instead of where real crime and assults happen at on Metro?? Sure...arrest a drunk employee of the company but no where to be found when all hell is breaking lose elsewhere.


Posted by: usc932000 | June 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The cops are posing as if they bagged a buck! WTF!

I would love to see this vigilance and enforcement on some real crime on the rails..

Posted by: joebananas1 | June 12, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The man just drinking during jobs while fixing the track, and he was caught drunk at 5:15 pm. Why and what is wrong the with that? You got to be kidding me. I hope he was fixing the track correctly. May be that explain why we have frequent crashed at Metron. So we know know Metro employees are drinking on the job, does make you feel safer?

Posted by: drkly | June 12, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

He was off duty. What is this, communist China? If I finish work and take three shots and I am not driving who cares if I am "unsteady". This is a good example of what is wrong with this country.

You got Mayor Barry repeatedly doing drugs and performing corrupt activities, DC police officers robbing the victims and soliciting prostitutes, morons running the tax department, pelicans soaked with oil and we are worried about someone that is off duty getting hammered.

It's supposed to be a free country. Instead we fill the street with speed bumps, put cameras all over the place, stop privately owned businesses from allowing smokers and then bust someone for drinking AFTER work. You can see why people are turning towards extreme candidates and the tea party - they are sick of this trend.

Posted by: jackson641 | June 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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