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Driver Uses His Truck To Prevent A Suspected Drunk Driver From Entering Highway


A truck driver used his truck to block a suspected drunk driver from reentering the roadway.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:15 p.m. in Hopewell, New York.

According to the Gates-Chili Post, a Stanley, New York man was allegedly trying to enter the road way when the truck driver used this truck to prevent the suspected drunk driver from entering the roadway.

Police said that the alleged drunk driver, Timothy Leon Ruthven, 44, pulled his vehicle onto the side of Routes 5 and 20.  The truck driver then pulled up beside him and attempted to block the vehicle.

Ruthven’s vehicle struck the truck as he pulled away.

The truck driver was not injured.

Police later caught up with Ruthven at this home.

He was given sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed.  Furthermore, he was given a breathalyzer test and his blood alcohol results came back more than 4 times the legal limit of .08, at .39.

“Ruthven was charged with felony DWI because he had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years. Additionally, Ruthven was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and second-degree reckless endangerment, which are all misdemeanors,” the Gates-Chili Post reported.

In addition, Ruthven was issued traffic citations and was released.  He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Gates-Chili Post
Democrat and Chronicle


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