Police release diplomat accused of drunken driving
ATLANTA (AP) – Police in an Atlanta suburb say they released a Mexican diplomat accused of drunken driving without holding him in jail after they learned of his government position.
A Roswell police report says Mariano Saynez Ruiz Duran had a blood-alcohol level of 0.126 and had been clocked at 91 mph on Georgia 400 early Friday.
Roswell police Lt. James McGee says Ruiz was released after police learned he’s a vice consular at the Mexican Consulate General’s Atlanta office.
The police report says officers confirmed he has partial immunity from law enforcement actions after calling the U.S. State Department.
It wasn’t known whether the 39-year-old north Fulton County resident has an attorney, and a home phone number for him could not be located.
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