Justin Clark of Iowa had a BAL of 0.627, nearly eight times the legal limit

Categories: Booze, Crime
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Clark allegedly downed the rough equivalent of a liquor cabinet before getting behind the wheel.
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Academic studies suggest that had Justin Clark imbibed about 20 less drinks, he still would've been in coma. Yet he somehow found himself behind the wheel in North Liberty, Iowa.

Clark, 24, was arrested just after 10 p.m. on July 29 after cops responded to a call about a "suspicious vehicle" that was "all over the road hitting curbs then ran up into [a residential] yard." Needless to say, he was in no state to have a reasonable conversation with authorities.

The criminal complaint says Clark was unable to get out of his vehicle or walk, so a field sobriety test was out of the question. Asked where he was, Clark said, simply, "home." Asked what day it was, he said: "Three but now it is four."

A preliminary breath test pegged Clark's blood-alcohol level at an outrageous 0.486, and he was taken to the hospital. The hospital gave Clark a blood test, and turns out he was even more smashed than initially thought, with an official blood-alcohol content of 0.627. That's nearly eight times the legal limit of 0.08!

For a bit of context, here's a breakdown of what happens when BAC levels rise above 0.4:
Individuals with BAC levels of 0.4 and above will become unconscious. Breathing will become very slow and the individual's heartbeat will be slow and faint. Patients should be taken to the hospital immediately in order to prevent death. In rare and extreme cases, some individuals have survived after having BAC levels as high as 0.9.
In other words, are we sure Clark isn't some kind of booze-fueled zombie?

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17 comments
OsloDrunks
OsloDrunks

I`m confused,  0.486? So, 0,4?  I`m guessing you americans have a slightly different system, 0,4 sounds like a normal thursday afternoon in the park. A guy was pulled over here in Oslo last weekend, he had a blood-alcohol level of 3,2. You`re supposed to die at 3 but he didn`t know that. He was kinda not concious but he could walk and he was able to say "yes" and "no". And drive a car apparantly. The record is 6,8 I think set by a guy from Finland who lived to tell about it.

Tim Clausen
Tim Clausen

The "like" button doesn't mean you liked that it happened. It just means "like"...as in I like that they exposed this man or I liked reading this article. Don't take things out of context.

Natalie Natbot
Natalie Natbot

Why are we celebrating & liking this??? Disgusting.

Greg Merkel
Greg Merkel

This guy is very much in need of dome serious help ASAP!

_Joe_
_Joe_

Takes a LOT of practice to be able to survive a BAL like that.  I'm guessing that an uncontrolled drop to 0.0 would kill him.  Prison would probably be good for him.  Otherwise he's destined for St. Paul's wet house.

Cheri Ponto
Cheri Ponto

He blew a .487, then had a blood test that came back at .627.

Rachael Morford
Rachael Morford

My favorite part of the story: Needless to say, he was in no state to have a reasonable conversation with authorities. No, really????

OsloDrunks
OsloDrunks

Must be a different system, I see it says the legal number is 0.08 over there. Here I live its 0,2. I can drink my way up to 0,2 and go out and drive around in my car and its perfectly legal.

dude123
dude123

 @OsloDrunks 0.486 means 48.6% of a person's blood, by volume (usually, but in some countries by mass), is alcohol. I am shocked that this dude survived.

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @OsloDrunks Correct.  BAL is calculated by volume here.  My assumption is that yours calculates by mass.  The typical limit here is 0.08% by volume.

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @dude123 No.  0.486 means 0.486%.  NO ONE could survive 1%, much less 48%

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