Federal prosecutor who put coal executive Blankenship behind bars arrested for DUI

The lead federal prosecutor who put coal executive Don Blankenship behind bars for a year on mine safety violations was arrested for drunk driving early Wednesday in Charleston.

Lawyer and former assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Robert Ruby, 40 of Charleston, was pulled over just after 1 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Charleston, according to a criminal complaint from Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Ruby is charged with aggravated DUI.

Charleston police said Ruby told them he was at work and had four glasses of wine and then left work to head home. Police noticed bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol, the complaint said. Police said Ruby failed field sobriety tests and blew a .200 on an intoximeter.

Ruby, now in private practice, handled several high-profile prosecutions while he worked for the government.

Ruby is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $200 cash only bond.

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