Naked man crashed car after Arlington bar crawl, police say

Police used a stun gun to bring down a naked man driving a car that authorities say hit three cars in Arlington on Saturday evening during a popular bar crawl in the Clarendon area.

Witnesses saw Charles Mack strip down naked inside Goody’s Pizza in Clarendon about 8 p.m., according to police. Mack then left the store, got behind the wheel of a car wearing nothing but socks and sped off, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said, eventually making a turn onto Wilson Boulevard facing oncoming traffic. The vehicle hit three cars waiting for a red light at Wilson and North Highland Street before Mack crawled out the window and attempted to flee on foot before being stunned, Sternbeck said.

The incident occurred during Saturday’s All American Bar Crawl, an event which Sternbeck said attracted about 5,000 people. Bar crawls offer drink specials at multiple bars in a neighborhood, encouraging young people to explore multiple watering holes in a single afternoon. Arlington police have complained that Clarendon crawls are out of control, after a St. Patrick’s Day crawl that led to 25 arrests. After that same event, a naked woman showed up at the county jail demanding to see her husband. Discussions between law enforcement, county officials, crawl organizers and business groups about whether to cap bar crawl attendance or otherwise rein in the day-drinking fests are ongoing.

Mack, who celebrated his 23rd birthday in an Arlington jail cell, is charged with indecent exposure, driving under the influence, eluding police, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and marijuana possession.

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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