My name is David Hautzig. I am 22 years old and from New York City. I was arrested in Georgetown recently for violating the District's open-container law. I was standing on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M, drinking a beer. I was brought into the police trailer there to fill out some paper work. One officer read me my Miranda rights, another asked me to fill out a form, and yet another checked my identification. A half-hour after my arrest, a fourth officer handcuffed me and put me in the back of a paddy wagon. I was driven to the District Two precinct, where a fifth officer filled out some more forms. I was then fingerprinted. One hour after my arrest, I paid a $10 fine. I was then released.

I would like to apologize to the people of Georgetown for violating the open-container law, of which I was unaware. I would also like to thank the five members of the Washington police force who handled my arrest. They were courteous and helpful throughout the entire hour I was in custody.

Five police officers -- all for a $10 fine. Was there anybody around to catch the muggers? DAVID HAUTZIG New York