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Cops marvel at woman’s drunk driving ‘record’

A 25-year-old woman picked up from driving drunk in northern Sweden left law enforcement officials astounded after it was revealed her blood alcohol level had reached heights they'd never seen before.

Cops marvel at woman's drunk driving 'record'

“It’s a record,” traffic cop Bert Norell told Sveriges Television (SVT) of the woman’s measured blood alcohol level of 4.61 per mille, more than 20 times Sweden’s legal limit of 0.2 per mille.

Officers stopped the woman just outside central Sundsvall on an evening on June 29th after she’d managed to smash into two garage doors and hit a parked car.

When police tested her blood alcohol level, they couldn’t believe their eyes.

“In my 27 years on the job I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Norell.

While the 25-year-old’s level of inebriation may have led Norell to assume she had set a new record, toxicologist Fredrik Kugelberg with Sweden’s National Board of Forensic Science (Rättsmedicinalverket) explained that she is not alone.

“We looked at this a few years ago, and the highest recorded blood alcohol level we could find was a 30-year-old woman from Skåne who had one of 4.91 per mille,” he told The Local.

“We seldom see drunk drivers that reach that level, but it’s not unheard of. There are some every year that are over 4.0 per mille.”

Kugelberg nevertheless concurred that the 25-year-old’s level of drunkenness was “extremely high”, adding that it’s amazing she was even able to get behind a wheel at all.

“Most people would be unconscious and have trouble breathing,” he explained.

“At that level, most normal consumers would run a risk of fatal alcohol poisoning. There’s a good chance they would die.”

The woman, who confessed to drunken driving when she was pulled over by police, is now facing charges of aggravated drunk driving.

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As a rule, those registered as owning or leasing a car in Sweden will receive 1000 kronor. This will only be awarded once per person, so if you have more than one car, you will still only get 1000 kronor.

Residents of some areas which the government has identified as particularly reliant on car transport will be awarded an additional 500 kronor on top of the 1000 kronor bonus. The full list of these areas is available here.

How do I get the bonus?

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When will it be available?

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