An unfortunate mistake cost a Brantford man a night in the drunk tank Saturday, after he got into the back of a police cruiser thinking it was a taxi, looking for a ride home.

According to Brantford police, an officer was parked on Murray Street around 4:45 p.m., when he saw a man staggering towards him.

Then, without a word, police say, the man went to the cruiser's door and got in the back seat.

When the officer spoke to the man, he indicated he believed the cruiser was a taxi and demanded a ride home," a police news release reads. "Police attempted to located a sober person to take the man to, however were unable to do so."

Instead, the man was taken to the police station, where he was held until he was sober.

A 46-year-old Brantford man was charged with being intoxicated in a public place.