CourierJournal It was a new one for Judge David Holton II. “Geez” was his first reaction to the prosecutor’s statement that William Branch, 30, registered a .499 blood-alcohol reading on a breathalyzer test. “This reading may be the highest I’ve ever come across in my eight years on the bench,” Holton said, adding later. “You’re lucky to be alive if it’s accurate.” It appears to have been accurate: Hospital tests later indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.484, court records show. That’s six times the legal limit of below 0.08. Branch was still in jail Wednesday facing three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of driving under the influence, court records show. He is being held in Metro Corrections on a $25,000 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in court next on Oct. 20 for a preliminary hearing. Branch hit three vehicles Saturday night, sending three people in two of the vehicles to the hospital with injuries, according to an arrest citation. He was stopped around 10:30 p.m., near Taylorsville Road and Hurstbourne Parkway.
We here at SportSmasher.com are not even mad, we’re impressed. William Branch of Kentucky blew a .499 on the breathalyzer, six times the legal limit, then somehow though he would still be able to drive a car. Obviously getting behind the wheel of a car when you are a little buzzed is a horrible decision, and you are putting the lives of everybody else on the road with you in jeopardy, but at anything above .310 on a breathalyzer you should be in a coma and fighting for your life due to respiratory failure. The scary thing is, this is only the second highest breathalyzer result we have seen while driving a car, a Florida father blew a .604 earlier this year with his kids in the back seat. And in case you were wondering, the highest result we have ever seen from a woman was from a Florida mother, who blew a .413 after she crashed on her way to pick up her kids at school. Other than the fact that William Branch did not die, or kill anyone else after deciding to get behind the wheel of a car this drunk, the most shocking part of this story is that his arrest happened in Kentucky and not Florida.
P.S. I wonder if William Branch is disappointed he could not get to a .500 flat? Just one more sip!
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