Man allegedly drives to Louisiana State Police troop impaired

Patrick Ruffner (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Patrick Ruffner (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a man allegedly drove impaired to a Louisiana State Police troop early Saturday morning to file a crash report.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer said Patrick Ruffner, 31, of Gonzales, called Troop A around 3 a.m. Saturday and said he had been in a recent hit-and-run accident on I-10 near Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge.

The sergeant who took the call advised Ruffner to drive to the troop and fill out a report. Upon his arrival, officials said he showed signs of being intoxicated and later did poorly on field sobriety tests.

Troopers said Ruffner admitted that he had been drinking before the crash. They reportedly also discovered that he had been driving with a suspended license and the vehicle Ruffner drove to the troop was not the vehicle involved in the crash.

One of Ruffner's relatives contacted the media and claimed he blew below the legal limit during the breathalyzer test. A spokesman for LSP said the results of the test would not be disclosed to the media.

Ruffner was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of DWI (first-offense) and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

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