A man drinking from an open container of Courvoisier cognac was arrested in the Dupont Circle Metro station Thursday after threatening an officer who asked him to dispose of it, Metro said.
When the man resisted arrest, the officer deployed pepper spray to subdue him, Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said. Two other customers were exposed to the chemical and may have been transported to area hospitals for treatment, she said.
Dye said the man was drinking the cognac in the station “like a glass at home.”
The incident occurred inside the station shortly before 4:30 p.m. The man was hospitalized for treatment. He is in police custody and will be charged with assaulting a police officer, drinking an alcoholic beverage in public and fare evasion, Dye said. He was not immediately identified.
According to Metro, the incident did not impact service.
Dupont Circle: police/FD response due to reported pepper spray release. Station in normal ops, no impact to Red Line service. 4:50p #wmata
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