Police: Man Found with Astonishing 0.552 Blood-Alcohol Level


VALPARAISO, Ind. — There is drunk, and then there is really, really drunk – and police in Indiana say that a man they found unconscious on the side of a road definitely falls into the latter category.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, 28-year-old James Henderson had to be hospitalized last weekend for alcohol poisoning with a blood-alcohol level of 0.552 percent – or seven times the legal limit.

Authorities in Porter County, Indiana, say that level of intoxication may be a record for that county.  According to Indiana University guidelines, people tend to fall into a coma at 0.40 percent, and death is possible.

Police say that on Saturday afternoon, a woman reported seeing Henderson laying on the side of the road. Henderson had several bruises, and made a barely-coherent statement about getting hit by a truck, the Sun-Times reports.

Police have not confirmed whether Henderson was struck by a vehicle. Henderson, who has a history of alcohol-related charges, faces public intoxication charges as soon as he is released from the hospital.

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