'KKK prank' trooper crashes into tree, blows 0.13 BAC

Wlodarsky took this photo of a fellow trooper dressed like a Ku Klux Klan member. / WNWO archive

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper involved in a KKK prank a few years ago is making new headlines following a drunk driving incident on Sunday.

The Sandusky Register reports Trooper Eric Wlodarsky blew a 0.13 percent blood alcohol content after crashing his truck into a tree around 1 a.m. The legal limit is 0.08 or lower BAC.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from a concerned resident shortly hearing the crash and Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene.

Wlodarsky called 911 later to ask for help from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, but the deputies showed up first and conducted a sobriety test, which he failed.

The trooper was not on duty and told deputies his woman passenger was the driver. After she denied the claim, Wlodarsky confessed and was arrested for driving while intoxicated, failure to control and possessing weapons while intoxicated, according to Sheriff TMs Capt. Paul Sigsworth.

Wlodarsky was not booked into jail and was summoned to appear in court on Monday morning. He sent a lawyer on his behalf to reschedule for later this week. He has been placed on desk duty and relieved of his duty weapon, badge and cruiser during an administrative investigation into the incident.

In 2008, Wlodarsky photographed another trooper dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member while on duty the day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Read more: Sandusky Register