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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Uh-oh, Gordo!

BCTV News' Lynn Colliar reports that B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was well over the legal limit when he was pulled over for drunk driving last week. Campbell's reading on the police breathalyzer was 0.149% -- nearly twice the legal limit in British Columbia and in Hawaii, where the premier was vacationing when he was pulled over last week. The test at the police station was administered over an hour after Campbell was pulled over by Maui County police. The human body eliminates 0.015% of alcohol per hour; it stands to reason that Campbell had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he was pulled over.

This news, if true, further clouds Campbell's claim that he had only had three martinis and two or three glasses of wine before driving back home to the resort where he was staying. Today, the Globe and Mail ran a story where experts in pharmacology estimated that Campbell would have had to have had drunk at least 10 standard bar drinks during the evening (12 ounces beer, 5 ounces wine, or 1.5 ounces spirits) to have had a blood alcohol level of over 0.08. If, as BCTV has reported, Campbell had a blood-alcohol content of 0.149, then he would have had the equivalent of some 14 standard bar drinks over the course of the evening.

As many commentators have noted, Campbell's future will depend largely on how honest he was with the public when he admitted to drinking and driving. If he had more to drink than he had claimed, and if his blood alcohol content was as high as it has been reported, then the premier's troubles may just be beginning.

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