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Joe McCain says sorry for 911 call

October 25, 2008|Times Wire Reports

The brother of GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said he would withdraw from campaign activities after calling 911 to complain about traffic. He also apologized for making the call.

Joe McCain, who lives in Alexandria, Va., told Washington radio station WTOP that he was returning from a campaign event in Philadelphia around 2 a.m. on Oct. 18 when he got stuck in traffic on Interstate 495. His account of the date differed from the police, who said the call was made on Oct. 21.

Frustrated, he called 911 to find out what was going on. The operator asked him to "state your emergency."

"Well, it's not an emergency, but do you know why on one side at the . . . drawbridge of 95, traffic is stopped for 15 minutes and yet traffic's coming the other way?" he asked.

The operator asked if he was calling 911 to complain about traffic. McCain then uttered an expletive and hung up.

McCain said he then called Alexandria police and got a similar reaction. He said he would write a note of apology to the 911 operator and the police.

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