Drunken Tennessee man accused of trying to steal cab that police called for him, officials say

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A Tennessee man is behind bars after police said he attempted to steal a cab that officers had called for him because he was intoxicated. An infant was in the vehicle at the time, authorities added.

According to WJHL, the incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday outside Clark Street Baptist Church in Johnson City. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call and found Travis W. Dulaney, 37, of Johnson City, pushing a stroller with a 3-month-old baby inside, Johnson City police said in a news release.

“Upon speaking with Dulaney, officers discerned that he was intoxicated and attempted to call him a taxi,” the release said. “When the taxi arrived, Dulaney would not enter the taxi, leaving officers no choice but to take him into custody for public intoxication.”

Police said Dulaney “physically resisted” officers and tried to drive away in the cab with the baby inside, WJHL reported.

“Dulaney was eventually successfully taken into custody after a brief physical altercation,” the news release said.

Dulaney was taken to a nearby hospital before being booked at the Washington County Detention Center on charges of attempted motor vehicle theft, child endangerment, resisting arrest and public intoxication, police said.

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