Speeding driver tests 5 times the legal limit for alcohol, police say

Police: Speeding driver tests 5 times the legal limit for alcohol

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ind. — A driver going twice the posted speed limit Saturday had a blood-alcohol level more than five times the legal limit, police said.

An officer saw Jessie James around 12:25 p.m. driving a gray Infiniti sedan 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, the Northwest Indiana Times reported.

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When James stopped, the officer said the driver smelled of alcohol and his slurred speech was nearly indecipherable. James denied he was drunk.

Investigators took James to a hospital to have his blood drawn. He recorded a blood-alcohol level of .41. The legal limit is .08.

“Jessie stated that he was not drunk and that if he was in fact a 0.41 he would not be alive,” investigators said in their report.

James was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, with a previous conviction, according to arrest records.