Alexandria Police charged an Alexandria Police Detective following an investigation into a single vehicle accident yesterday evening. Detective Eric Ratliff, a 31 year veteran of the police department was driving a City owned vehicle when he lost control and struck a concrete pole at the intersection of Gibbon Street and South Patrick Street about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. Ratliff was charged with driving under the influence and unreasonable refusal following an investigation into the off duty accident. No one else was involved. Ratliff was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Ratliff has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.