One of Baton Rouge’s finest, sworn to protect and to serve, apparently was served (or served himself) quite a few too many before getting behind the wheel just hours after Mother Nature began to coat our roadways with something called “frozen precipitation.”
Baton Rouge Police Department homicide detective Officer Steven “Zac” Woodring was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of 1st-offense DWI after the five-year BRPD veteran reportedly was involved in a two-vehicle crash around 3:40 a.m. Friday.
With the temperature and sleet falling, Woodring apparently put a bit too much “antifreeze” in his system.
According to police, the 32-year-old Woodring was driving eastbound on snow-and-sleet-covered I-12 near Sherwood in his personal vehicle – an aptly named Toyota Tundra – when a 40-year-old woman lost control of her Honda Odyssey, causing her minivan to flip on its side.
While it wasn’t immediately clear what happened to Woodring’s truck, BRPD said he “was involved in a motor vehicle crash,” which we can only assume means he was at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong amount of booze in his bloodstream.
With the temperature and sleet falling, Woodring apparently put a bit too much “antifreeze” in his system. He reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.236 percent.
Yet despite being ostensibly intoxicated at nearly three times over the legal limit for driving, Woodring still had the wherewithal to help pull the female driver (who later was taken to the hospital with minor injuries) out of the wrecked minivan. It seems the only thing stronger than Woodring’s liver is his sense of duty.
Woodring eventually was released from prison after posting a $3,500 bail, and was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
As for his future with BRPD, if the young homicide detective finds promotions hard to come by, it won’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out what killed his career. And if he either turns in or loses his badge, Woodring could always become a teacher at Ascension Christian High School.