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Jail for drunk man who hid under police car to avoid arrest

A drunk Saudi who caused a public disturbance outside a hotel in Muraqqabat is sentenced to a month in prison.

DUBAI // A drunk man who crawled under a police car to try to evade arrest was sentenced to a month in prison and fined Dh1,000 at the Misdemeanours Court.

MM, 46, a tourist from Saudi Arabia, was reported to police while causing a disturbance outside the Samaya Hotel in Muraqqabat in the early hours of October 24.

"He was obviously under the influence of alcohol," said the police report.

A patrol of two police officers found two hotel security guards trying to calm the man down, but he continued to scream at them.

One of the officers approached, but the man sat on the ground and refused to talk to the officer or accompany him to the police car. "He showed fierce resistance and crawled under the patrol car to evade arrest," said the officer.

The policemen could not coax him from underneath the car and resorted to pulling him out. He continued to resist as they tried to handcuff him.

"We had to call for another patrol to come to our aid and chain his legs after he started kicking the car seats," the officer said.

The man refused to give a sample to test the alcohol level in his blood. He confessed during prosecution interrogations to having consumed a bottle of alcohol but said he could not remember what kind of alcohol it was.

The court sentenced him to a month in prison on the charge of resisting police officers and fined him Dh1,000 for illegal consumption of alcohol.

salamir@thenational.ae