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Man sets new Swedish drunk driving record

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Man sets new Swedish drunk driving record
10:10 CEST+02:00
A 22-year-old from Varberg in western Sweden may have arranged his own sad entry in the record books.

He had a blood-alcohol level of .336 percent when he slammed into a wall and was arrested for drunk driving.

The figure, which is more than 16 times Sweden's legal limit of 0.02 percent, could have even been higher were it not for authorities' decision to read at the lower end of the margin for error.

“My statistics include a 21-year-old where the highest level was around .294 percent,” said professor Wayne Jones of the National Board of Forensic Science's offices in Linköping to the Hallands Nyheter newspaper.

“I'm confident in saying that this one year older resident of Varberg has set a new Swedish record for a 22-year-old."

Jones is a professor in experimental alcohol research.

Several years of high alcohol consumption can give an individual an increased tolerance for higher levels of alcohol.

But to only be 22-years-old and have a blood-alcohol level near .36 percent while driving appears to be exceptional.

The man is soon to be indicted.

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