| Scott Boggio got pulled over for a DUI after he ran over a curb while turning a corner (oops!) and drove a car that had its temporary plates taken off (oops!). His defense is that he had a "few drinks with dinner." Strangely, though, he blew a .14% on the breathalyzer.
Now, I'm sure I've been way drunker than .14% BAC in the past, so that's not what shocks me, but I've also had the chance to use home breatalyzers in the past and on a casual night of drinking, it's actually not that easy to hit .08%, much less nearly twice that. According to this BAC calculator, if a 180 pound man was drinking over the course of three hours (a long dinner, with a drink before hand), he'd need to consumer roughly 8 drinks on the rocks to get to this point.
Even stranger, his companion that evening was Rep. Elsie Arntzen of Billings, who is a member the Yellowstone County DUI Task Force. She says she had no idea he was impaired. That's a bit odd -- you'd think a DUI Task Force member would have some notion of how this drink-to-BAC stuff would work.
The first comment at the Gazette's website runs through these relevant numbers and makes it clear that most people are unlikely to fall for Boggio's numbers game. If Rep. Scott Boggio ate dinner, he was almost certainly in the 7-8 drinks range. Either he or Rep. Arntzen should have known that was too many.
The curb hop doesn't help his case.
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Update -- Should also mention that I just heard that American Research Group (a Republican polling firm, I believe) is doing a poll in Montana on underage drinking legislation. Anyone know more?