The Marion County Sheriff's Office says it received a call from a woman who was reporting an alleged reckless driver. The call came in shortly before 4:00 Monday afternoon. Deputies responded to the area and located a Hyundai that law enforcement says matched the description of the vehicle given by the caller.
In the end, police arrested the driver of the Hyundai on suspicion of DUI, but brought her to the hospital due to her alleged high level of intoxication. A University of Florida professor of toxicology says the woman's blood alcohol level, if proven to be reliable and true, would have been in the "lethal range."
Law enforcement says the woman was unable to perform a field sobriety test, so the woman was taken to the Marion County Jail for a breath test. Authorities claim the breath machine registered alcohol levels of 0.447 and 0.466 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent under Florida law.
Deputies took the 33-year-old Silver Springs Shores woman to Munroe Regional Medical Center, due to the breath test machine results. She was kept at the hospital until roughly 1:00 Tuesday morning, when law enforcement transferred the woman to the county jail.
Dr. Bruce Goldberger from the University of Florida College of Medicine at Shands says that an alcohol level of 0.40 percent can be lethal for an adult. He says that 50 percent of the adult population could not survive a blood alcohol concentration of 0.40 percent, according to the Star-Banner.
Source: Ocala Star-Banner, "Driver found to have blood alcohol level 5 times the limit," Austin L. Miller, Feb. 28, 2012