Driving Drunk & Reporting Crimes in Louisiana

Patrick RuffnerBATON ROUGE, LA (May 11, 2014) — Police really like it when you follow their commands. They especially like it when following their commands gets a dumb crook busted.

On May 11 Baton Rouge police got one of their easiest collars of the year when an intoxicated man showed up at the station and inadvertently turned himself in.

Police say the man, identified as Patrick Ruffner, was arrested after he drove to a Louisiana state police headquarters to file an accident report.

Trooper Jared Sandifer said Ruffner, 31, called his office on May 11 to say his vehicle was hit by a driver on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. It was a case of hit-and-run.

Ruffner was instructed to come to the station to fill out a report. He did what he was told and showed up a few minutes later smelling of alcohol.

He was given a field sobriety test which he, evidently, did poorly on. As it turned out, when Ruffner’s was identified, police discovered that not only was he drunk, he had also been driving around on a suspended license.

Sandifer told media sources that Ruffner was charged with driving on a suspended license and first-offense drunk driving.

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