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Galesburg man accused of DUI 4 times the legal limit

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Police said a Galesburg man swerved and drove his vehicle in the ditch before failing a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer showed his BAC was .368.

Ronald Andrew McNeeley, 30, who also goes by Andy McNeeley, was arrested at about 10 p.m. Tuesday,  September 11, 2012.  Galesburg Police said they stopped McNeeley’s car after someone complained about the vehicle being driven in a ditch near Prairieland Apartments in the 300 block of Davis Street. 

Police said they found and stopped McNeeley’s car in the 300 block of East Prospect Street.  McNeeley reportedly told police his passenger grabbed the steering wheel and caused him to swerve into the ditch.   

Police also said McNeeley “denied being around the Prairieland Apartments, despite only being a couple blocks away when he was stopped, and he claimed they were coming from and going to Iowa Court.” 

Police said McNeeley could not produce proof of valid insurance for his car and that he failed a field sobriety test.   They said McNeeley admitted to drinking about six beers in the three hours before he was stopped by police.

The police report said McNeeley submitted to a breath test which showed his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be .368.  The legal limit for drivers in Illinois is .08 BAC.  

The University of Notre Dame Office of Alcohol and Drug Education says a blood alcohol concentration between .250 and .399 typically results in alcohol poisoning and loss of consciousness. 

McNeeley was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a BAC over .16, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and aggravated DUI with no insurance. 

He was booked into the Knox County Jail and later released on his own recognizance.