Police: man had blood-alcohol level of 0.552

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James Henderson, 28 (Credit: Porter County Sheriff’s Office)

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VALPARAISO, Ind. — An Indiana man found unconscious on the side of a road had a blood-alcohol level that could kill most individuals.

James Henderson, 28, of Valparaiso, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.552 percent — seven times the legal limit — according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Toxicity guidelines laid out by researchers at Indiana University indicate most people fall into a coma at about 0.40 percent, at which point death also becomes a possibility.

Henderson was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning around 3:15 p.m. Saturday after a woman who spotted him lying beside a road north of his hometown called 911. She said another woman had stopped next to him, but when she drove back in the other direction about 15 minutes later, Henderson was still there but alone.

Henderson, who reportedly has a history of alcohol-related arrests, could be charged with public intoxication after he’s released from the hospital.

He “had several bruises and, when he was wakened during treatment, made a barely coherent statement of being struck by a vehicle,” the Sun-Times reports.  The statement has not been confirmed.

A Porter County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson told the Sun-Times the level might be a record for their region.

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

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