Baton Rouge man who crashed into house had BAC of .337, bond set at $5,000

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:00pm

A Baton Rouge man was arrested for DWI after he allegedly ran over several mailboxes, then crashed his vehicle into a house. A chemical test showed that his blood alcohol level was .337 and an empty bottle of tequila was found on the floor of his car.

According to the arrest report, the Baton Rouge Police Department was dispatched to the scene on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at roughly 4:33 p.m. It happened in the 700 block of W. Versailles.

When officers arrived, they questioned the driver of the vehicle, Eugenio Valdes-Cuellar, 43, and observed signs of possible intoxication.

“He had red, watery eyes and smelled an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” the report noted. “[He] advised that he had consumed one glass of tequila and nothing more. A bottle of Jose Cuervo (empty) was found on the driver side floor board.”

Valdes-Cuellar submitted to several field sobriety tests, to which he performed poorly on all of them. At that point he was arrested and a chemical test was performed. The report notes that he had to be helped out of the police cruiser due to his level of intoxication.

Valdes-Cuellar is accused of hit two mailboxes, a basketball pole, a fence and then the house. The cost of the damage is estimated at $11,760. The home was unoccupied when the crash occurred.

“If someone was present it could be foreseeable that that person’s life may have been endangered,” the report concluded. “[He] missed striking the house, revered his vehicle and then intentionally drove his vehicle into the residence on a second attempt.”

Valdes-Cuellar was arrested and charged with DWI, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Simple Criminal Damage to Property. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond was set at $5,000.

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