I recently represented a person for driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.32 percent. This is exactly four times the legal limit. According to common BAC charts, which list the effects of alcohol on the body when the blood alcohol content is a 0.32, my client should have been in a “stupor,” with little comprehension of where they are and what they are doing. My client could have easily lost consciousness. While this is an extremely high BAC level, many DUI arrestees are caught with much higher BAC levels. In fact, a man was recently caught driving under the influence, believe it or not, with a BAC level almost eight times the legal limit.
Late last month, Justin A. Clark, 24, was arrested for driving under the influence and it was later determined that his BAC level was 0.627 percent. It was reported that Clark was driving erratically and hitting curbs. North Liberty, Iowa Police Chief Jim Warkentin said that it was the highest BAC level he had ever seen in his career of more than 20 years. Warkentin continued, “It’s just amazing the person was conscious to be that high. Most people don’t make it above 0.3, they end up passing out.” Clark might as well have been unconscious. When officers asked Clark what day it was, he responded, “Three, but now it is four.”
This piqued my interest and I began searching if there were others that posted a higher DUI BAC level than Mr. Clark’s impressive 0.627 percent.
In 2007, Deana F. Jarrett of Woodinville, Washington was arrested after having a BAC level of 0.47 and colliding into two cars. At the time it was the highest in Washington’s history.
In 2008, Stanley Kobierowski of North Providence, Rhode Island pled no contest to driving under the influence when he drove into a highway message board and it was later determined his BAC was 0.491 percent. Police said that it was the highest level BAC for someone who was not dead.
And the trophy goes to…drum roll…
Terri Comer of Klamath County, Oregon. Comer was arrested when she was found unconscious in her vehicle which was running and in a snow bank. After being transferred to a local hospital, Comer’s blood revealed a BAC level of 0.72 percent.
It is generally accepted that the lethal BAC level for humans is between 0.4 and 0.6.