Woman's blood alcohol content topples state records

From the Rapid City Journal:

A Sturgis woman had a record-setting blood alcohol level of .708 when she was found on Dec. 1 behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle.

Her blood alcohol was almost nine times the level at which South Dakota authorities presume a person is intoxicated.

Checks with local and state labs where blood alcohol levels are tested suggest Engle's reading may be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota.

Meade County State's Attorney Jesse Sondreal's research indicates that a blood alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50 percent of the population.

"Engle's was almost double that," Sondreal said.

Posted: 12/30/2009 10:01:00 AM

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