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Alexandria Police Officer Charged with Virginia DUI

Posted on Feb 11, 2011
On Saturday, January 8, 2011, an Alexandria police officer was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports show that officer Eric Ratliff lost control of his unmarked police car and struck a pole due to drunken driving.

According to authorities, this veteran police detective smashed his car into a concrete pole at Gibbon and South Patrick streets. Ratliff was off duty at the time of the accident which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Ratliff sustained minor injuries and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for medical treatment. Officer Ratliff has been released from the hospital and placed on paid administrative leave. The department is looking into this matter and conducting an internal investigation.

Detective Ratliff has been with the department for 31 years, and his most recent assignment was with the office of intelligence and internal security.

The Virginia police officer was charged with a DUI and unreasonable refusal, which is a typical charge police officers accuse Virginia drunken-driving suspects of when they refuse to take breath tests.

An investigation into this matter is still being conducted.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Alexandria or Manassas, Virginia, give the Wilson Law Firm a call at (800) DUI-LWYR, and we will fight to get your charges lessened.

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