SCARSDALE, N.Y. – An Eastchester woman was arrested in Scarsdale over the weekend after drunkenly sideswiping a vehicle on Post Road and subsequently acting hostile toward responding police officers.
At approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, during a routine patrol of the area, officers observed a pair of vehicles stopped along the side of Post Road near Lorraine Place, with two groups of individuals arguing in the apparent immediate aftermath of the incident.
Upon arrival, responding officers calmed the group down and listened to each sides’ story to “ascertain pertinent information,” when they met Eastchester resident Christine Ruh, “who, according to (the other party), was speaking belligerently and acting in an aggressive manner.”
According to police reports, Ruh was “very emotional and acting belligerently at the scene,” and they could smell alcohol on her breath. She continued to plead her case to police, prompting a call for an additional patrol unit at the location “for officer safety and the safety of the group of people involved.”
Ruh subsequently failed a series of standardized field sobriety tests, including a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, a walk-and-turn test, and could not stand on one leg as she continued to struggle to follow the directions issued by the officers.
An Alcosensor report at the scene showed Ruh to have a blood alcohol content of .168 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
While she was being booked, Ruh was “getting belligerent and cursing” toward officers. She was transported to Scarsdale Village Court, where Judge Jack Alemany suggested a bail of $1,500 cash or $2,500 bond – a reduction from the $10,000 that was suggested by the Assistant District Attorney’s office. Ruh was unable to make bail.
In the police report, it was noted that “during court proceedings, Ruh was hysterically crying and at one point was loud and argumentative with her mother and patrol.” Because of prior illegal vehicle charges against her, Ruh was charged with felony counts of operating a motor vehicle prior to a conviction (for the prior charge), operating a motor vehicle for the second time with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
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