The record for the highest ever registered blool alcohol record that has been held by a Spanish man since 2016 has been broken
An Argentine driver who crashed his car into a lamppost has now taken the mantle for the world record for blood alcohol content.
The man crashed his Nissan Tiida in Necochea, in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, in the early hours of Tuesday, 22nd March.
Judging by the state of the car’s bonnet, the motorist careered into the roadside lamppost at considerable speed. Parts of the vehicle were reportedly found scattered several metres from where it came to a stop.
First responders arrived on the scene to find the Nissan heavily damaged and the motorist – whose name and age were not given but who hails from Pilar, also in Buenos Aires province – hanging out the door as he tried to get out of the vehicle.
When given a blood alcohol test, he reportedly gave a reading of 5.5 grammes of alcohol per litre of blood (0.88 oz/gal). The drink driving limit in Argentina is 0.5 grammes per litre (0.08 oz/gal).
Investigators are said to be baffled at how the man managed to get in his car, turn on the engine and drive in such a state of drunkenness. Three grammes of alcohol per litre of blood is reportedly enough to be on the verge of an alcoholic coma, and the driver had well exceeded this amount.
The previous record held in Argentina was 3.23 grammes of alcohol per litre of blood (0.52 oz/gal), set in 2020. And the world record, according to Spanish broadcaster Telecinco, was set in Libourne, France, by a Spaniard in 2016 with a reading of 4.75 grammes per litre (0.76 oz/gal).