Cops: Driver registered .503 BAC

County coroner says .4 is lethal for most people
2009-09-01T11:30:00Z Cops: Driver registered .503 BACSTAN MADDUX - Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 01, 2009 11:30 am  • 

LAPORTE | A LaPorte man found with a blood-alcohol concentration more than six times the legal limit was arrested and charged with numerous offenses after a police chase Sunday night.

The volume of alcohol police say 35-year-old Brandon Clark consumed is for most people disabling, if not lethal, authorities said.

According to police, about 4:30 a.m. Sunday Officer Rodolfo Esparza observed a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer sitting at the railroad crossing at Washington and Tipton streets.

After the train passed and the gates lifted, Esparza said the SUV sat there for about 20 seconds.

When the officer approached, the vehicle accelerated at high speeds.

Esparza began following the LaPorte man, who crossed Lincolnway stopping at Tipton Street and Jefferson Avenue.

As the officer was getting out of his police vehicle, the SUV took off again.

The suspect was in the 200 block of Maple Avenue when he slammed on his brakes and stopped, police said.

He began yelling for officers to ''shoot me'' and during a profanity-laced tirade kept stating he was a ''good guy,'' police said.

Police said open bottles of rum and vodka were confiscated from the SUV.

Because of his level of intoxication, Clark was transported to LaPorte Hospital where a blood test revealed a .503 blood-alcohol concentration.

LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan, who's also a LaPorte firefighter and first responder said a .4 blood-alcohol concentration can be lethal or at least cause unconsciousness.

Clark was kept overnight as a precaution and discharged Monday morning, police said.

Clark was then booked into the LaPorte County Jail on Class D felony resisting law enforcement and Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated charges.

In December 2007, Michael Garner, 28, of Westville, was killed when he pulled into the path of a train just of Ind. 2 about four miles west of LaPorte.

Police said his blood alcohol level was .603.

Sullivan said that remains a fatality with the highest-ever blood-alcohol concentration recorded in Indiana.

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