BR police officer booked on DWI in icy road crash

Steven Woodring
Steven Woodring

A Baton Rouge police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being involved in an off-duty, two-vehicle crash on Interstate 12 in icy conditions early Friday morning.

Officer Steven “Zac” Woodring, 32, a homicide detective, was driving his personal Toyota Tundra pickup eastbound on I-12 at 3:40 a.m. when a 40-year-old woman lost control of her Honda Odyssey, causing the minivan to flip on its side, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said in a news release.

It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to Woodring’s Toyota in the crash, which occurred near the Sherwood Forest Boulevard exit.

Woodring helped pull the woman from the wrecked minivan, and she was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, McKneely said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Woodring submitted to a breath test, which recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.236, nearly three times the legal limit. He also had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and body, the affidavit says.

The affidavit does not go into detail about the crash, saying only that Woodring “was involved in a motor vehicle crash.”

Woodring, 17416 Sweet Olive Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of first-offense DWI and later released after posting a $3,500 bail.

Baton Rouge police are investigating the crash, and they believe icy conditions may have factored in the crash, McKneely said.

A five-year Police Department veteran, Woodring has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.