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  1. chillinwill
    South Dakota authorities say a woman found passed out in a stolen delivery van earlier this month registered a blood alcohol content of .708 — nearly nine times the legal limit and a possible record for the state.

    Meade County State's Attorney Jesse Sondreal said Wednesday that 45-year-old Marguerite Engle was found slumped over the van's steering wheel along a highway on Dec. 1.

    He says the highest blood alcohol content state chemists he spoke with could recall was a .56. The state's legal limit is .08.

    Authorities say Engle missed an initial court hearing Dec. 15, but that they found her Monday in another stolen vehicle, and that she had been drinking.

    She was being held on two counts of driving under the influence. It wasn't immediately clear if she was facing other charges.

    Her attorney declined comment.

    December 31, 2009
    The Herald Bulletin


  1. kolpaktrip
    LMAO some wines have alcohol content lower than that ........Boy she must be having some blood cells ,they are supposed to pop under excessive alcohol
  2. NeuroChi
    Defective breathalyzer? That sounds way, way too high.
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    while the BAL does seem high (.40-.50 is often considered potentially lethal) it is certainly not out of the real of possibility. many years ago the turtles cousin (a good ten years older then him with a long history of substance abuse at the time) was pronounced legally dead in the hospital with a BAL even higher then that (it was over .8 if memory serves). The doctors could not explain such a high BAL, saying he would have needed to have drunk an entire keg to himself. which was not far from the truth.

    It is truly stunning the tolerance some alcoholics can develop...

    edit to add- he was resuciatated and did survive BTW, and ended up going on to be the most sucessful and intelligent of the family. Go figure...
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