Video: The Drunkest Girl in the World

By Kirwan Gray 05/09/11

At four times the legal limit, cops were “surprised she was still functioning.”

It’s a pity: Leann Renee Arriaga of Santa Ana, California, was only two days short of her 21st birthday when she was stopped by Orange County law officers for blasting through a red light on Cinco de Mayo Day. But it probably wouldn’t have mattered: Police find an open bottle in the car, and Ms. Arriaga, when asked to take a field sobriety test, recorded an astonishing blood-alcohol level of 0.3. This is roughly four times the legal California limit of 0.08. This put Arriaga’s level of intoxication roughly on a par with, say, surgical anesthesia. And it turns out she had been arrested six times in the last five years, for speeding, littering, and various other violations. "I'm surprised she was still functioning," the arresting officer told the Orange County Register. And then, as if still marveling, he added: “I've never seen anybody that drunk" behind the wheel. Eerily, she seems remarkably calm in the video. It’s clear that the officer can’t believe this girl is still on her feet.

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