Police arrested a D.C. ANC commissioner for driving under the influence early Tuesday morning. A Prince George’s County Police officer pulled Paul Trantham over for swerving in Oxon Hill, Maryland and when he was taken to the police station for booking he used racial slurs against the officers and urinated on the station floor.
The officer described pulling up to Trantham at a light and seeing him falling asleep. The officer asked him to pull over but he initially refused before eventually pulling into a parking lot in the 5100 block of Indian Head Highway in Maryland. Police smelled alcohol and asked Trantham if he had been drinking.
Trantham said he had two Heinekens but refused a field sobriety test and began shouting at police when they asked him to get out of his vehicle. He went on to pull the "I'm important and connected" card and told the officers he knows Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.
When police asked Trantham if he would take a breath test he agreed but when taken to the police station he refused and used racial slurs against the officers. He even stood up and peed on the floor of the station and told officers they could clean it up, according to police.
"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," a press release from Prince George's County Police department said.
"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."
After he was taken back into custody, he continued to try to use his position as a D.C. public official to have the officers fired. Trantham has been charged with resisting arrest and received four traffic citations, unsafe lane change, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated.
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