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Drunk Driver Nine Times Over The Limit Thought To Have Given The Highest Reading Ever

Claire Reid


Drunk Driver Nine Times Over The Limit Thought To Have Given The Highest Reading Ever

Featured Image Credit: PA

A drunk driver in Oregon is thought to have recorded the highest ever blood alcohol reading, hitting .77 percent - more than nine times the legal limit in the state.

The hit-and-run suspect was breathalysed by cops on 20 February after they noted that the driver appeared to be 'highly intoxicated', Fox 5 reports.

At first, the 28-year-old man refused to pull over when cops attempted to make a traffic stop leading to a short chase.

Credit: Warm Spring Police Department
Credit: Warm Spring Police Department

However, it wasn't long before the suspect lost control of his car and ended up crashing into a concrete barrier.

Police say they then took a breath test, which read .77 percent and could be the highest ever recorded, before he was taken to hospital to be looked over by doctors.

In a statement, Warm Spring Police Department said: "The driver's blood alcohol content was 0.77 percent which is more than nine times the legal limit.

"The driver was also suspended in the State of Oregon through the Department of Motor Vehicles at a misdemeanour level (DUII).

"The driver was taken to the hospital to be medically evaluated.

"Criminal charges are pending.

Anything over .40 can be fatal, with experts from Stanford University's Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, saying a reading between .35 and .40 means a person would typically lose consciousness and could be on the brink of a coma.

Stock image of a breathalyser. Credit: PA
Stock image of a breathalyser. Credit: PA

For some context, a level of .10 means that a person's blood supply contains one part alcohol for every 1000 parts blood.

So in this man's case, there was 77 parts alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood.

Last year, a UK motorist who was found to be nearly six times over the limit was collared by police after he was seen struggling along the M66 in a car with no tyres.

Greater Manchester Police were flabbergasted even further when a breath test revealed the driver had 196mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - almost six times the legal maximum of 35mg.

Sharing their shock on Twitter, Greater Manchester Police said: "Driver stopped by #traffic on the M66 SB prior to Jct 2 when they noticed a vehicle struggling to drive as it had NO front tyres!!

"No surprise when the driver was arrested after providing a roadside breath test of 196!! #fatal5 #nonefortheroad #XT."

Topics: US News, crime

Claire Reid
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