A 33-year-old man in the Southeast valley lost control of his vehicle last Saturday and hit a power pole while allegedly driving under the influence, according to FOX News. Pinal County Deputies said that the pole near Sage Brush Avenue and Schnepf Road in San Tan Valley actually snapped in half.
The driver, Nelson Wade Western, had an alleged blood-alcohol level of .374 percent after the incident. This is more than four and a half times the legal limit in Arizona. Hence, authorities say that the drunk driving suspect will be charged with aggravated DUI. Nelson Western also reportedly has four prior DUI offenses.
Before putting Nelson Western behind bars after Saturday's incident, the man was taken to Banner Ironwood Hospital because he was at risk for dying of alcohol poisoning. According to California State University Bakersfield, most men will not reach a blood-alcohol level of .37 or higher unless they have at least 10 drinks over the course of an hour. Having a blood-alcohol level over .35 percent can be very dangerous as there are many hazards associated with being this drunk.
California State University states that with a BAC level of .35 percent, the body could be at a level of surgical anesthesia. At this point, a person's heart can stop beating and it's definitely not safe to drive. Yet even people that are pulled over with high blood-alcohol levels should still contact an Arizona DUI attorney so that they can be properly represented in court when they're facing driving under the influence charges.
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