Most of us have probably experienced it: the accidental drunken pocket dial. And it's almost always embarrassing as hell. But for a couple in Tacoma, the drunken pocket dial became more than embarrassing last night - it became their ticket to jail.
As the News Tribune in T-Town reports, a man suspected of being wasted accidentally called 911 Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. while behind the wheel of a vehicle police believe was stolen. With the call coming from the man's cell phone - which was tucked inside his pocket - all 911 dispatchers heard on their end was a woman screaming and telling the man to stop, and what the paper describes as the "sounds of a struggle inside a vehicle."
The call was tracked by police to the 4300 block of South D Street in Tacoma, where officers quickly responded. After seeing the suspected drunk driver run a red light, authorities attempted to stop the vehicle, but the News Tribune reports the man driving only stopped briefly to let the woman in the passenger seat out before continuing on his getaway.
Eventually the man stopped in the 5000 block of Pacific Avenue, where he was able to bail out of the car and escape on foot. A search of the vehicle determined it was registered in Vancouver and contained several shaved keys, leading authorities to conclude it had likely been stolen. Neither the man nor woman was located by police, despite a K-9 unit being called in.
At least for the moment ...
That's because at approximately 7 a.m. this morning police received a second accidental drunken pocket call from the man, this time tracked to the 4800 block of South Wilkeson Street in Tacoma. Arriving officers were soon able to locate what the Trib describes as "the intoxicated couple" sitting in a different car - with the man arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and violating a no-contact order, and the woman cuffed on outstanding warrants.
The understated kicker from the Trib:
Police said the man was drunk and didn't realize that his cell phone had twice dialed 911.