SD Woman's Blood-Alcohol Level Sets Record
Updated: Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009, 11:26 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009, 9:16 AM EST
By FRANK CARNEVALE
(MYFOX NATIONAL) - A South Dakota woman possibly set a record she may not remember, and others should stay away from.
Marguerite Engle, 45, was arrested Dec. 1 after police found her passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck reported stolen in Rapid City, S.D. The vehicle was parked on the side of Interstate 90.
Engle had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, almost nine times South Dakota's legal limit of .08 percent, reported the Rapid City Journal .
Labs where blood-alcohol levels are tested said that Engle's reading may be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota, according to Meade County State's Attorney Jesse Sondreal.
Engle was hospitalized after she was found and then freed on bond. She failed to appear in court on Dec. 15 and then Monday was arrested again in another stolen car, also parked on the side of a road. She was charged for a second offense of driving under the influence and taken to jail. She is being held without bond.
In July 2008 Rhode Island police arrested a man whose blood-alcohol level was .491 percent, which was the highest ever recorded in the state for someone who wasn't dead, reported The Associated Press .
A blood-alcohol level of over .40 is considered extremely dangerous. A chart by Virginia Tech lists "unconsciousness" and "death" as effects of having such a high level. The University of Oklahoma Police posted an online blood-alcohol calculator to estimate blood-alcohol levels based on consumption