Accused drunk driver tells trooper 'I only had 6 drinks'

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man is accused of being combative with troopers after he was placed into custody for suspicion of drunk driving. During the booking process, he gained an additional charge after he allegedly spat at correctional officers and made threatening statements.

According to the probable cause report, the incident happened shortly before 4:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. A trooper with the Louisiana State Police initiated a traffic stop after witnessing a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed down River Road in downtown Baton Rouge.

"I was unable to lock the vehicle's speed…yet while attempting to catch up to the truck (with lights and sirens activated) my patrol vehicle was traveling at 85 mph and the vehicle was still pulling away," the trooper noted in the report. "As soon as the vehicle stopped, the driver...jumped out of the truck and approached me in an aggressive manner."

The driver, Brian Hartwell, 25, allegedly admitted to drinking, but refused to take a field sobriety test or submit to a breathalyzer.

"I asked Mr. Hartwell if he had anything to drink tonight, which he replied 'I only had six drinks tonight, my manager can verify that.'"

Hartwell allegedly became verbally abusive at this point and uttered several expletives at the officer. At this point he was placed under arrest.

"Mr. Hartwell continued to act belligerently by slamming the chair against the wall, and picking it up and slamming it on the ground," the trooper noted about the booking process. "While attempting to subdue the subject, he attempted to lash out at officers."

In a report submitted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Hartwell allegedly threatened correctional officers by saying, "If I get out of these handcuffs, I'm going to [expletive] a deputy up." The deputy claims that Hartwell spat in his face when he was being escorted to a cell.

Hartwell is charged with DWI (3rd offense), reckless operation, disobey red light, driving under suspension for previous offenses, simple criminal damage to property, and battery on a correctional officer. His bond is set at $17,100.

Hartwell was previously arrested for DWI on August 18, 2013 and again on November 3, 2013 according to EBR Parish Prison booking reports.

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