Police in Virginia on Sunday arrested a man who they say swung a hatchet during an argument after he was mistaken for an Uber driver.
At about 2:20 a.m., a U.S. Park Police officer responded to the 2300 block of South Eads Street, in Arlington, for a report of a vehicle driving erratically and nearly striking pedestrians, the Arlington County Police Department said in a statement. Before police arrived, the vehicle entered a parking lot, where three individuals approached it, mistakenly thinking it was their Uber ride, the statement said.
This led to a verbal argument with the driver, Michael Monroe, 64, of Gainesville, Va., who was naked. Monroe retrieved a hatchet from the back seat of the vehicle and started swinging it, according to the statement.
There were no injuries, and the three people were able to wrestle the hatchet away from Monroe, police said. Authorities say Monroe attempted to flee the scene before Park Police initiated a traffic stop, and Arlington County police attempted a sobriety test.
Monroe, who refused the test, was arrested and charged with DUI, refusal and disorderly conduct, police said.