The dangers of being young and drunk once again reared their ugly head early this morning as a 21-year-old Navy sailor was arrested in Bremerton for allegedly trying to strangle a cab driver with his legs.
Police in Bremerton tell KOMO News that Tyler Bradley of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis got into a cab about 12:45 a.m. after leaving a bar on Callow Avenue. For some damn reason, as the cab drove away, Bradley allegedly positioned himself behind the driver and began attempting to strangle him using his legs. Needless to say, this led to a struggle between Bradley and the driver as he attempted to pull the cab over.
Demonstrating the importance of timing, KOMO reports that a police officer from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard drove by at this very moment, encountering the stopped cab in the middle of the road and deciding to investigate. When she saw Bradley accosting the driver, naturally she called for backup and ordered the young, drunk sailor out of the vehicle.
Bremerton police reportedly arrived a short time later and after tussling with Bradley were able to take him into custody. He was later booked into the Kitsap County jail for investigation of assault.
Bremerton police tell KOMO the cab driver sustained minor injuries to his throat, but did not require medical treatment.
No word on whether the driver will think twice about picking up a drunk sailor in the future, though it should be noted that drunk sailors likely make up a large percentage of Bremerton's overall cab fares.