Police say Iowa man had .435 blood-alcohol content

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Chad Harvey photo from Johnson County Jail

An Iowa man was reportedly arrested with a blood-alcohol level more than five times the legal limit on New Year’s Eve.

Police said they pulled over a 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by 40-year-old Chad Harvey just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  Another motorist had called police and complained that Harvey was driving recklessly.

A police officer said he saw Harvey’s vehicle make a wide right turn into oncoming traffic and swerve again into oncoming traffic before he pulled over the Monte Carlo in North Liberty, Iowa.

They were less than a block from Harvey’s home address.

Police said Harvey had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and that he smelled of alcohol.  Harvey allegedly admitted to having had a few drinks.

Police alleged Harvey could not stand on his own and could not perform field sobriety tests.  A portable preliminary breath test done at the traffic stop showed Harvey’s blood-alcohol content at .435, which is more than five times the legal limit in Iowa of .08.

Police said Harvey was taken to the Coralville Police Department for further testing, and was again given a breath test when he could not perform field sobriety testing.  That test allegedly showed Harvey’s BAC at .435.

Lifeloc Technologies, a company that makes devices to measure blood-alcohol content, says a BAC of .30 to .40 is “extremely life-threatening” and equivalent to being under surgical anesthesia.   Over .45 BAC will cause death for most people.

Harvey was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated first offense.  He spent the night in jail, and jail records show he was released on his own recognizance just after 11 a.m. New Year’s Day.


  • Cowboy Dan

    Wow, .0435. I twelfth stepped a guy once who blew .0410 and thought HE set a record.

    I’d be dead if I drank to that level. I’m out of practice. I haven’t had a drink in a good many days.

    AA works for me. It’ll work for this guy, too, if he wants it to.

  • tee jay

    I can’t believe they didn’t take him to a hospital to detox with a BAC that high. Also, he was probably still more that .08 at 11 a.m. when they released him the next day. It seems irresponsible of the Police to release him that early, and not to involve medical professionals. This man has a serious problem and will re-offend, and likely hurt himself or someone else the next time.

  • JMHO

    Tom Blake- Are you really that clueless? Jon Anthony- You are correct. Cowboy Dan- I will assume you meant .410 BAC. Tee Jay- That would be a concern depending on the person. He would have to be closely monitored. As long as he is not unconscious, I think you would be fairly safe to just monitor him. Besides, do you as a taxpayer want to pay for his trip to the ER? You can’t force someone to detox. They have to want to do it on their own, and be willing to pay for it. Try to not blame the police because this guy makes poor choices. It’s not the police departments fault that people do this. Put the blame where it belongs. Lori Miller- You are also correct. This man has obviously driven his alcohol tolerance to a very high level. John Barnard- What’s your point? Because someone abuses a substance, doesn’t make the substance bad. Idiots huff spray paint all the time. Should be we outlaw that because some people are abusing it? Come on…

    • IMHO

      For real? You posted a comment of comments on other peoples comments?! You need a life. And an opinion of your own, IMHO!

  • Davin Gray

    The cop said to Chad, “Your eyes look kinda red. Have you been drinking?” Where-upon Chad said to the cop, “Your eyes look kinda glazed, you been eatin’ donuts?”

  • Jenny s.

    What does a person do when another individual drinks 25-30 cans of beer plus has a few mixed drinks, then drives home. Yes they need help, but what if they and the relations think they are not hurting anyone.

  • squirrel master

    Chad is a real winner and my personal hero. He is the only human I know that can blow .435 and still drive almost home. And look he is still standing for his mug shot

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