Police: Man assaults drunk bus rider for bothering girlfriend

SEATTLE -- Perhaps proving the line between chivalry and assault is a fine one, officers arrested a man Monday afternoon after he allegedly knocked out the drunk man who had been annoying his girlfriend on the bus.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a woman was riding the bus through downtown Seattle around 1:15 p.m. when an intoxicated man sat down next to her and asked her how long she had been white.

The woman ignored the man, but he continued to pepper her with random questions and occasionally poked her with his finger until she switched seats, according to the report.

The woman got off the bus at her stop and met up with her boyfriend, explaining to him what happened on the bus. As the couple was walking, they spotted the same drunk man in the 1500 block of Second Avenue.

According to the report, the woman's boyfriend ran across the street and yelled at the man before punching him in the face and knocking him out.

Officers arrived, and the boyfriend was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The drunk man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a possible head injury after he regained consciousness.