A man who was arrested for driving under both the influence and drunk driving in the early hours of Friday morning was later arrested by police, police said.
It is unclear why a taxi driver arrested for drunk driving last week in Tel Aviv was detained this morning.
He is being interrogated by the police on suspicion that he drove while intoxicated and that he violated traffic laws, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told reporters.
He was released at 2:20 a.m. after his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.21 percent, he said.
The man was identified as Yossi Avner.
The driver was not detained by the Tel Aviv police until after his release.
Police did not provide further details on his case.
Avner, who has lived in the capital for about two years, was arrested in Tel Haifa for violating the law, Rosenfeld said.
According to police, the driver was driving a taxi at around 4 a.ms.
Friday when he saw an SUV speeding toward him.
He called 911 and was told that the vehicle had been pulled over.
Police arrested Avner after receiving a tip about the incident, Rosenfeind told the news website Maariv.
He was detained in his apartment, where he was searched and his passport confiscated.
Rosenfeld said the driver told police he was trying to get to work.
“He said he wanted to get away from his colleagues and colleagues, and he wanted the police to take him off the road and take him to hospital,” Rosenfeld added.
Avners arrest came a day after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that taxi drivers must wear helmets and have red light cameras installed.
Police said the taxi driver was a regular customer at the Elad bar in Tel-Aviv’s Old City, where a group of protesters had gathered for a demonstration against the killing of a Palestinian teenager in a stabbing attack by Israelis last month.
The group of protestors, who chanted slogans like “Death to the killer of the young,” were met by a group chanting anti-Israeli slogans and demanding the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The Israeli military said that Shalit had died after being stabbed in the chest in the West Bank settlement of Nablus.
Israelis say the teen’s killing sparked a wave of violence, but the police have said the teenager, 18-year-old Naftali Fraenkel, had been kidnapped by Israeli settlers and then stabbed to death in an incident that occurred in an alley in the city’s Shuafat neighborhood.