Lincoln man pops open a can of malt liquor in the back of a police cruiser

An intoxicated man who got a ride from a Lincoln police officer Wednesday night decided to open a can of malt liquor while riding in the back seat of the police cruiser.

Not the best idea.

The Lincoln officer had observed an unsteady 38-year-old man stumbling in the street near 17th and A Streets just before midnight. The man said he was trying to get to his brother’s house a few blocks away, so the officer offered him a ride since he was unable to safely walk, according to police report.

During the short trip to the brother’s home, the officer said he heard the distinctive sound of an aluminum pop top being opened.

The officer looked back and discovered the man had opened a can of Hurricane malt liquor. The officer told the man that drinking the brew was not allowed in the vehicle, but he continued to drink from the can anyway.

No one answered the door at the brother’s address, so the officer took the man to The Bridge detox center. The intoxicated passenger was admitted to the detox center  after being cited on suspicion of having an open container of alcohol and consuming alcohol in public.

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