Friday, January 10, 2014

WAY Beyond "Too Drunk To Fish"...

Wow. Just... Wow. Joseph in IL sent in this story. I'm trying to comprehend the magnitude of this guy's bar tab...

Man’s blood alcohol content too high for police to measure
28-year-old Levi B. Carter’s accomplishment is one that’s truly horrifying. KCRG ABC 9 News is reporting that the Iowa City, Iowa man was so intoxicated that when given a breath test, the breathalyzer wasn’t able to calculate it.

The Iowa City Press Citizen writes that the police responded to a call from a woman who claimed to be Carter’s passenger at about 2am Friday morning. She told them he had driven off the road and hit a street sign. When the authorities arrived to Carter’s home they found him in his basement, “talking to people that were not there.” He wasn’t able to stand without holding himself up, and if you can believe it, “smelled strongly of alcohol.”
His BAC was somewhere north of .467. People normally go into comas somewhere in the upper .3s. This guy is lucky to be alive - and he was driving home... Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here. If this guy was still upright with a BAC well into the .4s, I'm going to hazard a guess that this isn't the first time he's gone out and gotten really hammered. It's probably not the 100th time, either.

This is another case of "until he kills someone." He'll continue to go out and get hammered and get behind the wheel until he finally plows into another car and kills the unfortunate person or persons inside. He'll get a slap on the wrist and many will feel sorry for him, because his life will be forever altered by the "accident."

That irks the hell out of me. It's no accident when someone goes out and gets absolutely stinking blind drunk and then gets behind the wheel of a car. Yet we treat it like a joke, and only half-care when someone else dies..467 BAC this dude was high as a kite, yet still poured himself behind the wheel of a car. That's no accident, folks. That's negligence bordering on intentional.

I'm certain it will come as no surprise to folks like LawDog that the man claimed to have only had two beers...

That is all.


GuardDuck said...

When I work security in an ER I started keeping track of the highest BAC's I had to deal with. If I recall the winner was about a .450

Funny though, he was more functional at that level than many of the teeny's that would come in with a mere .200

Scott_S said...

Were they served in five gallon buckets?

DaddyBear said...

My ex had a friend who regularly blew above a .300 when she was taken for yet another round of rehab, which she would quickly check out of when her monkey started begging for a drink.

You're right, nothing will change him until he either kills himself or someone else. If he survives, he'll feel bad, will make a tearful speech about how he's sorry and it's not really his fault, and someone will be visiting a headstone way too early.

If we're lucky, he'll drink himself stupid, fall in a snowbank, and they'll find him after the spring thaw.

Stretch said...

Fairfax County, VA P.D. would put a sobriety check point a few blocks from the REDACTED Country Club random days of the week.
One day they pulled over a lady who had been swerving all over Old Keene Mill Road.
The first breathalyzer read .52. Yes, Point Five Two.
Assuming the machine was out of calibration the officer used another breathalyzer. POINT FIVE TWO.
At this point the officers didn't bother with an ambulance but transported her in a squad car to Fairfax Hospital's E.R. under the assumption the woman was going to die due to alcohol poisoning.
When a doctor saw the laboratory results he asked "Have they taken the body downstairs?" i.e. to the morgue.
The officer said "Nope, she's on the phone with her husband."
Like GuardDuck when I was a C.O. at Richmond city jail we would frequently see B.A.C.s well into .3+ range and over .4 was not unheard of.
But .52 is the highest I've ever heard of anyone not only surviving but actually functioning.

Jennifer said...

Those must have been some BIG beers.

Weer'd Beard said...

I'm still amazed that he ACTUALLY said it.

ejecto said...

This is a prime example of why incremental DUI laws are needed. By driving in that condition, the guy in the story should have been charged with a felony if caught. On the other hand, the person caught pulling out of a restaurant after having two glassed of wine is often punished too severely. Why not have BAC thresholds? Declaring an arbitrary BAC to be "impaired" and not having different consequences for the two extremes is downright stupid.

burkdoggy said...

Just another case of people wanting .gov to "fix" something by adding more laws. If he damages something he needs to replace it, if he kills someone he needs the death penalty. Simple as that. Can't babysit everyone all the time and laws as we all into firearms already know, do NOT prevent crimes. They only punish those that get caught. Sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Working in the ER one night, we had to assist a mid-fifties gentleman out of his car and into the reception area via wheelchair. He was too drunk to walk, but not to drive, said: "I can always drive, no matter how much I've had to drink." His blood alcohol was .54, and it was run at least three times when no one, including the lab people, would believe it. Usually, .5 is general anesthesia and .6 is death.

TOTWTYTR said...

.467 puts him in the "Don't try this at home, I'm a professional" category.

An ER to which I transported had a top ten list of BAC levels. I forget the highest level they recorded, but it was up in incompatible with life territory.

I don't think I ever ran in to a drunk who didn't claim that he or she had more than "two beers".

I never knew you could buy 55 gallon pop top cans.