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Louisiana man drives to police station, gets arrested for drunk driving

Pictured: Beer. (Lexey Swall/For The Washington Post)

Look, driving drunk is never, ever a good idea. (Obviously. This is just an obvious statement, like observing that water is wet, made only to lead to the next sentence.)But if you do insist on driving drunk, it’s probably unwise to drive to a police station.

Patrick W. Ruffner, 31, called the Louisiana State Police to report that he was involved in a hit-and-run in Baton Rouge during the early hours of Sunday morning. So the police told him to come on in and fill out a crash report, which Ruffner did, pulling his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer into the station’s parking lot at about 3:45 a.m.

That’s when the state trooper who had planned on handling the crash report “suspected that he [Ruffner] was under the influence of alcohol,” according to the state police. Ruffner failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while under the influence, after which he admitted to police that he had been drinking alcohol before the crash. Oh, and Ruffner’s license was suspended. OH, and that Chevy he drove to the police station? Not the car that was involved in the crash he was reporting.

Anyway, don’t drive drunk. Also, don’t drive drunk to police stations.


Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.
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