Iowan who had lethal blood alcohol level gets jail

Published On: Dec 07 2012 07:24:42 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 07:24:00 AM CST
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A 24-year-old North Liberty man who was hospitalized with a lethally high blood alcohol level has been given a short jail sentence and a fine.

The Gazette reports that Justin Clark pleaded guilty last week to drunken driving. Clark must serve two days in jail, pay a $1,250 fine and complete drunken-driving courses.

Clark was arrested in North Liberty and taken to a hospital on July 29 after he failed roadside sobriety tests. Police say a breath test showed his blood alcohol level was nearly 0.5 percent. A blood test at the hospital showed it was nearly 0.63 percent.

Studies have shown that a blood alcohol content level above 0.3 percent can kill a person or put him or her into a coma.