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Court Dismisses Drunk Driving Charge, Cites Suspect’s High Alcohol Tolerance

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IRVING, Tex. (CBS Houston) – According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, one person dies every 3 minutes in an accident caused by someone driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The organization, whose headquarters are in Irving, Tex., also noted that a person is injured by a drunk driving incident every 90 seconds.

“About one-third of the drunk driving problem – arrests, crashes, deaths, and injuries – comes from repeat offenders,” the MADD website additionally states. “At any given point we potentially share the roads with 2 million people with three or more drunk driving offenses.”

And a court in Sweden may have given license to one more repeat offender, by dismissing charges against a man who was caught driving while his blood alcohol level was five times higher than the legal limit.

The man, a 61-year-old unidentified person from the town of Ystad, was first pulled over in November of last year while on his way home from work, United Press International learned from Local.se on Wednesday.

While stopped, he admitted to police that he had been drinking heavily, though he allegedly claimed ignorance to the fact that the wine he drank was the alcoholic variety until it was too late.

However, he also reportedly told officers that his high tolerance to alcohol was such that he was not impaired by consuming a high volume of wine.

The courts agreed with his assessment, UPI learned from Local.se, and the initial charges of aggravated drunken driving he faced were subsequently thrown out, as the courts felt he was able to maintain control of the vehicle due to his tolerance for liquor.

In Sweden, the legal limit is reportedly 0.02 percent.

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