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Louisiana State Police Arrest Man for DUI After He Drives to Station to Report Crash

May 13, 2014  | 

A man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk to Louisiana State Police Troop A headquarters this weekend after a crash. His wife says her husband did nothing wrong. State Police confirms his blood alcohol content was below the legal limit, but according to them, you don't have to be at a .08% BAC to be charged.

State Police Investigators told WAFB TV that 31-year-old Patrick Ruffner showed up at the State Police Troop A on Perkins Road at 3 a.m. Saturday saying he had been in a hit-and-run crash. His wife says Patrick was driving East on I-10 when he was rear-ended near Seigen Lane. She says he drove home to get another car before showing up at the Troop to file a report.

"Usually when people come to the troop it's for a legitimate reason. Crash report, help, usually not under the influence of alcohol," said LSP Trooper Jared Sandifer, Troop A.

Sandifer says the trooper who came in contact with Ruffner smelled alcohol and gave him a Breathalyzer test. State Police confirms Ruffner blew below the legal limit, which is a .08%. But he says the Trooper reported during a field sobriety test that he saw signs that Ruffner was impaired. He adds that, when asked, Ruffner told the investigator that he had a beer and vodka that night.


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