A Pierce County, Washington woman registered a breathalyzer reading of 0.50 percent last month. Two hours after her arrest, Rebecca G. Lingbloom submitted to a blood alcohol test which showed she had a BAC more than six times the legal limit for DUI in Washington.
A state medical technician said such a BAC “would certain kill most people.”
Technicians are required to reanalyze a blood sample showing such a rare blood alcohol level.
Not surprisingly, Lingbloom was found passed out behind the wheel of her car after she had allegedly nearly hit a pedestrian. She was released on bail after enrolling in a six-month treatment program for alcohol abuse.
Houston, Texas judges will be on-call this weekend to provide police officers with court-ordered warrants to take blood draws from suspected DUI drivers who refuse to submit to breathalyzer tests.
A police officer can call the judge and get a warrant signed almost immediately. Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said officers should be able to get a warrant and have blood drawn within 10 to 15 minutes of stopping a driver suspected of DUI.
Along with the on-call judges, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is paying for nurses to take blood from suspected DUI drivers.
Rosenthal said this blood draw program is important because “Juries have a difficult time convicting on cases where we don’t have any scientific evidence.”