So the latest word is that I don’t need to testify tomorrow, that Mr. Idiot decided to plea bargain. I’m still going. I have childcare lined up, and there is still the chance that he could change his mind and go for a jury trial. But it looks like I won’t need to take the stand.
But I found out what his blood alcohol level was. Are you sitting down? Not drinking anything? Don’t want to be responsible for choking or falling into a ditch in shock.
The bastard blew a .291. Let me repeat that for the shock value. A FREAKIN’ .291!!!!! Colorado’s legal limit is (drumroll, please!) .08. Do the math, I’ll wait. Yup, 3 1/2 times the legal limit. How this man is not dead is beyond me. How this freakin’ IDIOT didn’t kill anyone that night is a miracle. My guardian angel was working overtime that evening. I almost took our little Saturn instead of the minivan. If he had hit the Saturn instead of the minivan, it would have totaled the car and my friend and I would have been considerably more injured.
So, let’s see what it takes for someone to blow a .291. As stated on the police report, the man weighs 170 pounds. To blow this level he would have had to drink roughly 14 beers in 1 hour.
If you go to this site, you’ll see .291 isn’t even on the chart for his weight.
Here’s some interesting info:
.02 MELLOW FEELING. SLIGHT BODY WARMTH. LESS INHIBITED.
05 NOTICEABLE RELAXATION. LESS ALERT. LESS SELF-FOCUSED. COORDINATION IMPAIRMENT BEGINS.
.08 DRUNK DRIVING LIMIT. DEFINITE IMPAIRMENT IN COORDINATION AND JUDGMENT.
.10 NOISY. POSSIBLE EMBARRASSING BEHAVIOR. MOOD SWINGS. REDUCTION IN REACTION TIME.
.15 IMPAIRED BALANCE AND MOVEMENT. CLEARLY DRUNK.
.30 MANY LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS
.40 MOST LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS; SOME DIE.
.50 BREATHING STOPS. MANY DIE.
So, needless to say, he’s screwed. The assistant DA said the judge is going to come down hard on him. Good. I can’t believe he’s not dead, I can’t believe he didn’t kill someone. Tomorrow ought to be interesting.