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GA Police Let a Man Drive Away with a 0.126 Blood Alcohol Level

Our Auto Insurance experts would assume–like most Georgia residents– that any person pulled over by Georgia police with a blood alcohol level of 0.126 would be arrested.

However, Mariano Saynez-Ruiz-Duran was pulled over last Friday with a 0.126 alcohol level, well above the legal limit of 0.08, and legally drove away.

Why? Saynez-Ruiz-Duran is the vice consular with the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta. Therefore, he was able to avoid jail at the time of the incident, but may face future DUI and speeding charges.Blood Alcohol Level

The diplomat, son of a Mexican Navy admiral, told police he had “two to three vodkas” roughly 30 minutes prior at the Tongue and Groove, a Buckhead nightclub.

This event concerned advocates of sober driving, in addition to many Georgia residents that expect police to keep roadways as safe as possible.

“Public safety is at stake, and [his case] should be treated like any other DUI case,” said Barry Martin, director of the Georgia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Roswell police spokeswoman, Lisa Holland, defended the officers by saying they would have arrested Saynez-Ruiz-Duran, but were advised by Diplomatic Security Service that the main could not be detained.

The Mexican consulate had no comment on the incident.


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