Minnesota bar owner was driving with 0.34 blood alcohol level at time of fatal crash

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Albert Lea Tribune
Skov was behind the wheel with a near-fatal BAL when he drove into a head-on wreck and died.
Bar owner Michael Skov was behind the wheel and more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit when he drove into a fatal head-on collision on Minnesota Highway 13 just north of Albert Lea, a State Patrol spokeswoman said today.

On the rainy night on April 14, Skov was driving a 1993 Buick LeSabre northbound just after 10:30 p.m. when he crossed into the southbound lane and crashed into a 2008 Cadillac CTS. The driver and two passengers in the Cadillac were all treated at the hospital and released the next day.

Though the State Patrol had previously announced that Skov, 47, had "acute alcohol intoxication" at the time of the crash, his BAL hadn't been disclosed until today. Skov owned the Bend in the Road bar in Manchester, Minnesota.

Assuming Skov was roughly 240 pounds, he would've needed to ingest about 20 drinks in a short period of time to reach a 0.34 BAL. Individuals at that level of intoxication can slip into unconsciousness and die.

The California State University, Bakersfield presents the following information about a 0.35 BAL on the school's website:
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This blood alcohol level also happens to be the level of surgical anesthesia. You may stop breathing at this point. In February 1996, a second student, age 20, died of alcohol poisoning with a BAL of .34% after drinking six beers and twelve shots in two hours.
Skov's death certificate somehow lists heart failure as the cause of his death, but notes that "being intensely drunk" and "in severely poor health" also contributed.


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green23
green23

I am shocked that a "job creator" would ever engage in such dangerous and illegal behaviour. I have been assured by the MN GOP that all job creators have halos over their heads and must be worshipped as superior beings. Surely tax cuts would have prevented this.

Alex
Alex

This has to be a mistake; i thought only black guys commit crime in america.

Research
Research

Does anybody get hurt driving at .12ish?  Seems the dui laws get stricter every year but the ones dying are from idiots like th@07854fa408518dec738e07aa713bb294:disqus s that are .20+.  Wasted people.  Glad no one innocent was seriously hurt. On Hennepin counties expungment page it states exactly this.   Serious crimes like murder, aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, and sex offender crimes are never expunged. Convictions of minor crimes may be expunged only if you can show that you have made real changes in your life and that it is very unlikely that you will commit another crime. 1 out of 6 MN has a dwi.

Joe
Joe

Um... wouldn't your body process 19 drinks in 19 hours?  Correct me if I'm wrong since I'm going off memory here, but isn't the rule of thumb 1 hour per drink?

IE: drink a beer, wait an hour and be sober.  Drink 3 beers, wait 3 hours and be sober?

I would think that to get to .34 one would have to have 19 drinks in ONE hour.

Also this guy is obviously quite practiced at drinking.  Most of us wouldn't be conscious, much less able to operate a vehicle for any amount of time at .34.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Phallocrat is right, but this is still funny.

Phallocrat
Phallocrat

I realize you are being cute, smug, and sarcastic, but do we always have to go there? Does each and every comment section have to delve into this political morass? It is beyond stale to get your digs in like this on every story, liberals and conservatives alike. Let's raise it up a notch.

Joe
Joe

 Uh... I hope you aren't referring to me.  If so, than you missed the fact that I was pointing out an error in the article.  It originally stated that one would need 19 drinks in 19 hours to hit a .34.  That would be nearly impossible.

What I said about BAL fatality was true as well.  There are people with severe drinking problems that can stroll along at .40 without any trouble.  But if they sober up to a .10 or lower, they could literally die from it.

I wasn't advocating anything.  Far from it.  Just pointing it out.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Does it make a fucking difference? 19 or 20? He's dead.

Sojourner
Sojourner

The guy crashed and died... it seems he wasn't very capable of operating a vehicle after all.

atrupar
atrupar

You're right. Based on information from the two links in the story, it looks like he actually would've needed to drink about 20 drinks in a little over an hour to reach 0.34, assuming he weighed about 240 pounds. Thanks for pointing that out.

Joe
Joe

 Also, fatal BAL depends on the person.  Some people would die at .34.  Others might die if they get below .34.

green23
green23

Fair enough. I was listening to the MN GOP Convention, where "job creators" were being idolised in a ridiculous way. But you are correct; there's no need to conflate that idiocy with the situation in the article.

There is a place for, and a need to, stand up against the lazy thinking and parroted responses that conservatives are desperately trying to advance. In this particular instance, however, I agree that there was no need for that.

I'll look to you to hold the conservatives to the same standard.

Research
Research

No I wasn't.  I'm not sure how you're name ended up there and couldn't get rid of it.

Phallocrat
Phallocrat

Certainly.  Thanks for your sensible, hate-free response.

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