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It’s a Record: Woman Arrested for DUI with .41 Blood Alcohol Level

Elin Peterson

Elin Peterson

Well it’s not the highest blood alcohol level (BAC) ever, that “distinction” may go to a Polish man who registered a BAC of 2.23, but that guy was dead from a drunk-driving accident. Elin Peterson, 33, who was arrested on September 18, 2013, in Marion County Florida, was reportedly alive and had a BAC of .41, more than four times the legal limit.

Deputies responding to a call about a crash on Highway 40, found an intoxicated Peterson, who reportedly had cans of beer in the car and a history of alcoholism. She was asked to perform a series of field-sobriety tests. According to the incident report, “each time the driver/defendant spoke, the odor of an intoxicating beverage became heavier.” Then she blew a .41 and .402.

Just to put this into some kind of perspective, according to the BAC calculator at, a 160 pound woman would have to consume between 14 and 15 12-ounce beers in one hour to get a blood alcohol of .41. That’s one hell of a game of quarters.

Peterson’s BAC was so high that deputies could not book her into the jail, but had to take her to the hospital instead. She wasn’t booked into the Marion County Jail until Thursday morning. Bail was set at $500.

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