Quaid was about to speed away from the venue when a cop car pulled up alongside. The cop warned Quaid against driving home after suspecting him of drinking alcohol, saving him from a possible arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).
A video footage of the incident posted on TMZ.com shows the actor being told by the officer to 'get out of the car'. He responded to the cop, "What do you want me to do?" before requesting the policeman's permission to return to the restaurant and call a cab.