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S.D. Woman Found Behind the Wheel with a 0.708 Blood Alcohol Content – 9 Times the Legal Limit!

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Although a BAC of 0.35 or greater can, in some cases, be fatal; Marguerite Engle of South Dakota managed to get behind the wheel with a BAC of 0.708.

South Dakota State’s Attorney, Jesse Sondreal, released information this week about a woman charged with 2 counts of impaired driving.

Sondreal says that police found Marguerite Engle, 45, passed out at the wheel of a van on the side of Interstate 90 on Dec 1st. The van had been reported stolen and when police tested Engle for alcohol, she scored an astonishing 0.708 blood alcohol content (BAC) which is almost 9 times the legal limit of 0.08.

Engle was ordered to appear at a preliminary court hearing on Dec 15th. She missed the court appearance but police caught up to her on Monday – once again in a stolen vehicle and once again drunk.

Engle is now in custody awaiting trial.

Medical examiner’s officials in South Dakota say that Engle’s BAC exceeds anything they can ever remember in-state, though she falls just short of a national record for drunkest motorist ever, edged out by a woman in Oregon last year who was found slumped behind the wheel of a car with a BAC of 0.720.

A BAC of 0.35 or greater can be fatal.

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