Drunk Crashes Car Into Arby’s, Makes A Run For The Border

An Oregon man smashed into an Arby’s drive-thru and crashed into the building before driving across the street to get some Taco Bell. From KOIN TV:

Police arrested 47-year-old Davis Katlaps of Lake Oswego, Ore., and charged him with driving under the influence after he reportedly blew .283 on an Intoxilyzer

Oregon’s legal limit is .08.

Apparently, Katlaps “drove the wrong way through the drive-through and crashed into the building. Police estimate the damage to be several thousand dollars.” It just goes to show when a drunk needs his burritos, nothing, not even an Arby’s, can stand in his way. —MEGHANN MARCO

Drunken Driver Crashes Into Arby’s, Goes To Taco Bell [KOIN]


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  1. critical_matt says:

    Heh. I’m on the zoning board in a city that will remain unnamed. It’s been discussed that someone should run into the gigantic cowboy hat with all the huge lightbulbs version of the Arby’s sign in our city. The new zoning requirements would prevent it from being rebuilt…

  2. infinitysnake says:

    We actually made our one and only citizen’s arrest after watching a guy do something similar- he got thrown out of the restaurant we were at just as we were leaving, because he was completely shitfaced. He drove through their hedges, hit a car in the drive through next door, and then ordered a burrito!

  3. Legodude522 says:

    Isn’t that enough to kill him?!

  4. ViewFromHere says:

    Here is some info from http://healthyhorns.utexas.edu/education/bac.html

    The following approximate effects of different levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) are estimates only. Individual reactions vary, sometimes widely.

    BAC .02% – .03%: You may feel mildly relaxed and maybe a little lightheaded. Your inhibitions are slightly loosened, and whatever mood you were in before you started drinking may be mildly intensified.
    BAC .05% – .06%: You may feel warm and relaxed. If you’re the shy type when you’re sober, you would become more outgoing. Your behavior may become exaggerated, making you talk louder or faster or act bolder than usual. Emotions are intensified, so your good moods are better and your bad moods are worse. You may also feel a mild sense of euphoria.
    BAC .08% – .09%: You may believe you’re functioning better than you actually are. At this level, you may start to slur your speech. Your sense of balance is probably off, and your motor skills are starting to become impaired. Your ability to see and hear clearly is diminished. Your judgment is being affected, so it’s difficult for you to decide whether or not to continue drinking. Your ability to evaluate sexual situations is impaired. People may jokingly refer to this state of mind as “beer goggles,” but this blood alcohol concentration can have serious repercussions.
    BAC .10% – .12%: At this level you may feel euphoric, but you lack coordination and balance. Your motor skills are markedly impaired, as are your judgment and memory. You probably don’t remember how many drinks you’ve had. Emotions are exaggerated, and some people become loud, aggressive, or belligerent. Men may have trouble getting an erection when your blood alcohol concentration is this high.
    BAC .14% – .17%: Your euphoric feelings may give way to unpleasant feelings. You have difficulty talking, walking, or even standing up. Your judgment and perception are severely impaired. You may become more aggressive, and are at increased risk of accidentally injuring yourself or others. This is the point when you may experience a blackout.
    BAC .20%: You may feel confused, dazed, or otherwise disoriented. You need help to stand up or walk. If you hurt yourself at this point, you probably won’t realize it because you won’t feel pain. Even if you are aware that you’ve injured yourself, you probably won’t do anything about it. At this point you may experience nausea and start vomiting. Your gag reflex is impaired, so you could choke if you throw up. Since blackouts are likely at this level, you may not remember any of this.
    BAC .25%: All mental, physical, and sensory functions are severely impaired. You’re emotionally numb. There’s an increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of seriously injuring yourself by falling or other accidents.
    BAC .30%: You’re probably in a stupor. You have little comprehension of where you are or what’s really going on around you. You may suddenly pass out and be difficult to awaken.
    BAC .35%: This blood alcohol concentration is similar to the physical effects of surgical anesthesia. You may stop breathing.
    BAC .40% – .50%: You are probably in a coma. The nerve centers controlling your heartbeat and respiration are slowing down, and it’s a miracle if you survive.

  5. Stepehn Colbert says:

    I picked some kid up at Saint Francis University, in Loretto PA once who was pretty drunk, but didn’t seem to be going into a coma. I was taking him back to his dorm when a cop stopped him, and took him down to security. He was blowing a .40, fortunately for him, after treating him, he was fine. Unfortunately, they no longer pump your stomach to treat such an incident, they make you eat charcoal, and induce vomiting.

  6. ViewFromHere says:

    @Nero: The description of impairment in my first post is an average. People who are “experienced” with drinking build up a tolerance. Some can still function with more alcohol on board than others. (Personally, I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking–cheap date!) Here is a bit more from the website I cited above:

    Scientists use the term “lethal dose” (LD) to describe the blood alcohol concentration that produces death from alcohol poisoning in half the population. Most authorities agree that BACs in the 0.40 – 0.50% range meet the requirement. Since studies of lethal dosage cannot be empirically tested in the laboratory, scientists estimate the LD for alcohol from post-mortem cases in which alcohol poisoning was the primary cause of death. Cases of fatal overdoses from alcohol at BACs lower than 0.40% have been documented, as have cases of survivors at BACs higher than 0.50%. To place this in perspective, a 100-pound woman or man who consumed 9-10 standard drinks in less than one hour would be in the lethal dose range.

    It would probably be pretty stunning to know what our fellow motorists’ BACs are as we share the road with them. Drive defensively — and sober!

  7. Stepehn Colbert says:

    @ ViewFromHere

    I wasnt challenging any sort of percentage average you pulled up, nor do I care enough to do so. Did you really type ALL that crap(refer to above) just to tell me that? Like I don’t know someone with a BAC of nearly .50 is close to death, regardless of tolerance? Stop eating those NJ squirrels chocked full of lead, and Grow a brain.


  8. ViewFromHere says:

    @Nero: You posed a question about a BAC of 2.8% possibly being lethal. I looked it up and posted an answer. I used that dandy cut and paste method of incorporating text into a post.

    I didn’t take your comment as a challenge. Lighten up.

  9. Hoss says:

    Since we’re in a clip n paste mood:

    VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian police were so astonished by a breath test that registered 18 times the legal alcohol limit, they thought their device must be broken.

    It wasn’t.

    Police said Tuesday Vidmantas Sungaila, 41, registered 7.27 grams per liter of alcohol in his blood repeatedly on different devices after he was pulled over Saturday for driving down the center of a highway 60 miles from the capital, Vilnius.

    Lithuania’s legal limit is 0.4 grams per liter.

    “This guy should have been lying dead, but he was still driving. It must be an unofficial national record,” said Saulius Skvernelis, director of the national police traffic control service. “He was of high spirits and grinning the whole time he was questioned.”
    Experts say anything above 3.5 grams per liter of alcohol in the blood is lethal for most people.

    “A person this intoxicated should be in an intensive care unit,” said Tautvydas Zikaras, head of the dependence illness center in the country’s second-largest city, Kaunas. Zikaras said he had never heard of someone being so drunk.

    Sungaila, who was slapped with a $1,110 fine and the loss of his license for up to three years, told police he had been drinking the night before and tried to freshen up by downing a pint of beer for breakfast.