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Man Admits Drinking 22 Beers, Arrested for Extreme DUI

Some people drink a cold one at the end of the day to take the edge off. Others drink 22 cold ones.

On Thursday, police arrested a man who admitted to drinking 22 cans of beer before driving, The Arizona Republic reports. Mesa police hauled 22-year-old Lorenzo Romero-Mizques in on suspicion of extreme DUI, speeding, unlawful flight, and misdemeanor DUI.

According to authorities, officers witnessed Romero-Mizques speeding and swerving near Mesa Drive and Main Street. When the officers attempted to pull Romero-Mizques over, however, he continued driving, police say.

Romero-Mizques reportedly turned onto Stapley Road then pulled into a parking lot. According to police, he started weaving between parked cars, before losing control and coming to a skidding stop.

The officers gave Romero-Mizques a blood alcohol test. The test results showed that Romero-Mizques had a blood alcohol level of 0.169 percent, over twice the legal limit.

In May 2007, former Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a new DUI law that created three categories of DUI infractions: DUI, extreme DUI, and super extreme DUI. The tiered-DUI system is based on what the driver’s BAC was at the time of the offense.

A driver with a BAC of .08 to .1499 will be charged with a DUI. If the driver had a BAC of .150 to .199 he may be charged with extreme DUI. A BAC of .20 or greater will get you a super extreme DUI.

Since Romero-Mizques had a BAC of 0.169, he will likely be charged with extreme DUI. An extreme DUI conviction is punishable by a minimum of 30 days in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Mesa Police found several unopened cans of Bud Light in Lorenzo Romero-Mizques’ car. Good thing they caught him before he could tie another one on.

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