Naked woman shows up to visit husband in Arlington jail, joins him, police say

What do you get when you cross love with a pub crawl in Arlington? Why, a naked woman (allegedly!) outside the Arlington County jail, of course. Amour sans pantalons!

Maura Fussell, 26, of Reston, is charged with indecent exposure and being drunk in public for a late night visit to the Arlington County jail. (Arlington County Police Department) Maura Fussell, 26, of Reston, is charged with indecent exposure and being drunk in public for a late night visit to the Arlington County jail. (Arlington County Police Department)

Arlington police dropped this little episode into the middle of their daily police report yesterday, and the ever vigilant Scott Brodbeck at ARLNow.com spotted it first.

Our story begins with a Reston man being arrested at some point Saturday, though Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck was not sure what he was charged with. Then, around 11 p.m., a reportedly naked woman appeared at the magistrate’s office next to the county jail, demanding to see her husband. Police believe she was intoxicated. Ivre au naturel! (Now you know the French word for drunk.) The Shamrock Crawl, advertised as Arlington’s largest bar crawl, was held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and though Sternbeck was not certain the woman was a pub crawler, “anybody who was in Clarendon that afternoon was participating one way or the other.”

The woman “was given several opportunities to put her clothes back on,” Sternbeck said, “exit the magistrate’s office and go home in a cab. But she refused and took the charges,” which meant spending the night in the county jail. Incarcére dénudé! Men and women are not jointly housed in the Arlington jail, or pretty much any jail, so there was no joyous reunion in the drunk tank, however. She and her husband were both released the next day, possibly in time for the Bloody Mary bar at Whitlow’s. Mais non!

Maura Fussell, 26, of Reston, was charged with indecent exposure and being drunk in public. Sternbeck said that during pub crawls around Arlington, “our officers frequently give these people an opportunity to take a cab. They frequently don’t want to do that.”  Amour? C’est vrai!

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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