Man admits drinking, smoking before driving baby

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man admits to driving drunk when his 1-year-old son was inside the car. Jerry Rutledge, 58, admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana in January, when his vehicle struck an SUV, causing it to strike a pedestrian.

Officers responded to William Street, in Cheektowaga, to investigate. Rutledge tried to hide bottles of gin under his son’s diapers, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

A blood test revealed an alleged blood alcohol content of .31 percent, nearly four time the legal limit.

Rutledge pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI with a child in the car, the highest charge he could have been convicted of. Rutledge faces up to four years in state prison when he is sentenced on December 1. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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