Today's entry in "Not quite local, but certainly regional and outrageous":
A Sandusky man driving with his children on Sunday crashed his pickup truck into a ditch, the Sandusky Register reports
, and, as though that weren't already horrendous enough, he was found to have a .505 blood alcohol level.
Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth told the paper that he'd never seen a higher BAC reading.
David Sizemore, 39, pleaded not guilty to charges of one count of driving while intoxicated, two counts of child endangering, and one count each of: failure to control, driving outside of marked lanes and failure to use a safety restraint on a child. "Not guilty." Sheesh.
Here's the crux of the police narrative:
Deputies arrived at the scene and found Sizemore barely able to stand up or communicate. There was a mason jar of moonshine, about 2/3 of which was empty, inside the vehicle, [Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Justin] Smith said.
Sizemore soon became unresponsive and Smith called for a medical squad, concerned about alcohol poisoning.
No one was hurt in the incident. Authorities said that Sizemore's crash into the ditch likely saved him and his children from a more disastrous crash into, say, another vehicle or a telephone pole.
Around the world, a handful of readings have clocked in at over 1.00, which is insane, and Wikipedia has dutifully collected those tales