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Posted on: June 4, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Whitehall man charged with DWI after 106 mph ride

Richard Ruger

According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on June 3, 2017 at 8:24 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Whitehall man after an incident on State Route 22 in the Town of Putnam. 


Richard I. Ruger, 28, of North Williams Street in Whitehall, was arrested after a sheriff’s deputy traveling southbound on State Route 22 captured Ruger on radar as he sped northbound at 106 mph on a 2016 Harley Davidsen motorcycle. 

At the time, the roadway about a mile ahead of Ruger was closed as emergency crews worked at the scene of a separate serious ATV accident. 

Sheriff’s deputies working the accident were able to intercept Ruger after he was forced to skid to a stop to avoid striking fire personnel who were directing traffic in the roadway.

Ruger failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested at the scene. He was transported to the Law Enforcement Center in Fort Edward where he was processed. Ruger tested a .09%  blood alcohol content. He was charged with several vehicle and traffic citations along with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was processed and released to a third party and is due in Putnam Town Court at a later date.


Deputy John Latour made the arrest with assistance from Deputy Cori Winch and Sgt. Todd Lemery.

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