A man arrested in an Oklahoma City traffic stop had a blood alcohol concentration of only 0.05 percentage points below a level that can lead to death, officials said.
Jon Eric Mueller, 33, was arrested about 6:10 p.m. Friday on a residential street near NW 122 and Council Road, according to a police report released Tuesday. He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of DUI, transporting an open container and failure to keep right of center and later was released. He has not been charged.
A man was driving a car in the area when another motorist saw the car swerve into traffic, hit a residential mailbox and run into curbs, an officer wrote in the report. The other driver followed the car, called police and tried to get the driver to pull over.
The driver eventually stopped in the 12000 block of Windmill Road and gave the other motorist his keys, according to the report. An officer arrived and saw a man police identified as Mueller sitting in the car, and Mueller told the officer he had been drinking, according to the report.
Mueller had slurred speech, fell backward several times when getting out of the car and couldn't stand on his own, the officer wrote. An open, partially full bottle of vodka was in the car.
Mueller scored a 0.35 percent on a breath analysis test about 7:30 p.m., more than an hour after the initial traffic stop, according to the report. The legal limit in the state is 0.08.
Mueller declined to comment Tuesday when reached by telephone.
A blood alcohol concentration of 0.35 percent can lead to unconsciousness or coma, according to the National Institutes of Health. A level of 0.4 percent can be deadly.
Court records list a 2004 speeding ticket from Blaine County as Mueller's only previous driving infraction or criminal offense.