Drunk Driver Had Record-Breaking Alcohol Levels
That Equals 35 Shots of Liquor in Four Hours
Justin Clark has superhuman powers. It's just too bad he couldn't find a better way to make use of them. The Iowa resident was arrested recently for drunk driving, and was discovered with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.6 -- twice what should have killed him.
Clark, 24, was arrested in North Liberty, Iowa, after local residents reported a car was swerving through the streets. When authorities arrived, Clark could barely get himself out of his car and had major trouble completing a simple sobriety test.
When cops administered a breathalyzer test, Clark had a whopping 0.486 blood-alcohol content (BAC). But when a more accurate blood test was given to him at the hospital, it registered an astounding 0.627.
To put that in perspective, 0.008 is the legal driving limit. A BAC of .07 is enough to get you pretty drunk, a 0.15 will make you blackout, and a 0.2 is Charlie Sheen on a weekday morning. But 0.627 would kill an elephant.
"That's astronomically high and the highest I've ever heard of," said Michael Takacs, a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to The Gazette. "For even the most seasoned alcoholic, 0.627 would be a lethal dose possibly."
Takacs said that in order for Clark to get that drunk, he would have had to consume "35 shots, bottles of beer or glasses of wine in four hours."