Victoria police say a 21-year-old woman had a “dangerously high” blood-alcohol level that was more than five times the legal driving limit of .08 when she was arrested after a wild ride.
She provided breath samples that measured .43 and .42
“That is the highest reading that anybody I’ve talked to has come across,” said Victoria police Const. Mike Russell. “We’re certainly concerned about anybody who’s consumed that much. Part of what we always do, if anybody is that intoxicated, is get them checked out medically.”
That meant a trip to the hospital for the woman after being brought to police headquarters. She was then taken back to police headquarters to have charges and driving prohibitions processed. The woman was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
The drunken saga was traced to the liquor store at Hillside Avenue and Blanshard Street about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, after a witness called police to report a woman who bumped into a store display before leaving and getting into her car.
The witness decided to follow and observed the woman in her car weaving through downtown streets.
Police officers soon caught up with the vehicle and pulled the woman over, at which point she backed her car into a police vehicle.
Officers managed to shut off the car’s engine, and the woman was taken into custody.
> A few hours later, several 911 calls alerted Victoria police to another report of an erratic driver. Page A4
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