An Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington DC was arrested for DUI early Tuesday morning and is being accused of urinating on the floor of a Prince George’s County Police station.
Reportedly unable to stay in a single lane, Paul Trantham was spotted by a PCGPD officer in the early hours of Tuesday and subsequently pulled over, despite hesitating to stop.
Smelling liquor, the officer asked Trantham to participate in a field sobriety test, which the commissioner refused. When asked to step out of the car, Trantham became abusive and yelled that he “knows Rushern Baker and he is a certified private investigator.”
Finally agreeing to do a breathalyzer, he was taken to the station, where he proceeded to insult officers and urinate on the floor.
According to WJLA, the commissioner -who is African-American- used racial slurs such as “n**&#$” and “white cr*cker whacker.”
When he was uncuffed and allowed to go to the bathroom, Trantham reportedly became uncooperative and refused to leave the restroom. After a five minute standoff, he resisted arrest when officers came to retrieve him.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski released the following statement about the arrest:
Shortly after midnight, a Prince George’s County Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a driver in Oxon Hill. That driver, Paul Trantham of the District of Columbia, had been swerving on Indian Head Highway. During the stop, Mr. Trantham refused a field sobriety test and was subsequently taken into custody. He was brought to our District IV station, where he again refused a breath test. He also refused to come out of a bathroom at the station and was belligerent throughout the incident.
Late this afternoon, Mr. Trantham made several accusations about the arresting officer and officers at the District IV station during an interview with a local TV outlet. During that interview, Mr. Trantham admitted to having consumed alcohol prior to driving, said he can’t recall whether he used racial slurs against our officers, and also accused officers of being “homosexual” for coming into the bathroom.
To back up their statements, police also released a video of the bathroom standoff.