Man arrested while driving to help wife in DUI crash


An Elizabethtown man is facing a pair of felony charges after police say he showed up Tuesday night to help his wife who had been in a “DUI wreck” and police found him heavily intoxicated with two children in his vehicle.

William Routte, 42, was arrested by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted as well as first offense driving under the influence of intoxicants.

According to an arrest citation, Routte’s blood-alcohol level was 0.238 — the legal limit in Kentucky is 0.08.

He showed up to aid his wife “who had been involved in a DUI wreck where she had left the scene and was attempting to get her disabled vehicle towed,” according to the citation.

Jessica Routte, 40, was charged with first offense driving under the influence of intoxicants after crashing a Chevrolet Aveo into a fence and telephone pole on Valley Creek Road. The report said part of the front bumper had been knocked off the vehicle but she continued to drive it for a bit. Deputies followed a trail of anti-freeze on the roadway and found the vehicle being loaded onto a tow truck at the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Ky. 210, according to a citation.

She told deputies she had been drinking heavily, according to the arrest report.

When her husband arrived, a deputy said he had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. The document said two Jim Beam minis were in the front floor of a van he was driving. The deputy also reportedly found eight empty mini-liquor bottles and one full one.

According to the citation, Routte admitted to drinking a 24-ounce beer and a mixed drink with dinner and said he had stopped drinking at 5:45 p.m. He was arrested at 10:58 p.m.

He is being held in lieu of a $5,000 unsecured bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear Nov. 20 in Hardin District Court.

Jessica Routte was released Wednesday from the detention center. There was no information available on her bond or scheduled court appearance.

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