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DPS: Driver busted in Woodbury with 0.40 blood-alcohol level

An exceedingly intoxicated driver was arrested in recent weeks in Woodbury during an incident that recorded the highest blood-alcohol content detected among reports from hundreds of agencies around Minnesota.

According to a Department of Public Safety news release, a driver arrested in Woodbury had a 0.40 blood-alcohol concentration. That blood-alcohol level was the highest among 344 reporting agencies; the next-highest concentration came from a Worthington arrest where a driver's blood-alcohol level was 0.37. Details from the Woodbury arrest were not immediately available.

University of Minnesota information indicates a person with a 0.40 blood-alcohol concentration was just as likely to be dead as alive – let alone operating a motor vehicle. Information provided by the U’s Boynton Health Service states that a person with a 0.40 blood-alcohol content has a 50 percent probability of death due to respiratory arrest or cardiac failure.

The arrest came during the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.

The campaign netted 1,556 drunken driving-related arrests among the 344 reporting agencies.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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