Police: Rock Hill man stole car, wound up drunk in the woods

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 10, 2013 

— Police say they found a man, accused of stealing a car, in a stupor with his pants fly unzipped in the woods and smelling of alcohol early Tuesday after he sped through a neighborhood and struck a road sign.

Police were patrolling the area of Finley Road and South York Avenue around 2:50 a.m. when they saw a green car drive out of Oak Hollow Apartments, according to a Rock Hill Police report. An officer gauged that the car was traveling at 48 mph in a 35 mph speed zone.

An officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the car turned onto Calhoun Street before arriving at a dead end, the report states. The officer followed the car at a “normal pace” as the car’s driver, later identified as James Albert Ruffin, 44, hit a “Road Ends” sign before stopping.

Then the man fled the car, heading south into nearby woods, the report states. Police confirmed that the car had been reported stolen hours before, so the K9 unit was dispatched to help find the man.

When officers found the man, the report states, he appeared disoriented, unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol, police say. He was taken to jail, where police say he became “belligerent” and “uncooperative,” refusing to take a field sobriety test.

Police charged Ruffin with receiving stolen goods, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under the influence and his second driving under suspension offense.

He is currently held at the York County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond.

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