Still drunk after a night's sleep? Prevent the "day after" DUI

(WXYZ) - You have been told that if you are going to drink, get a designated driver to take you home for the night. But is that enough? One woman found out the hard way, it may not be.

"I never thought it would happen to me," said the woman who didn't want to share her identity during an interview with our ABC sister station KFSN .

She is embarrassed by the fact that she got a DUI.

She says she got in trouble after going out drinking with friends. She says she had about six drinks between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.  A designated driver took her home. She slept for about six hours, then got up to drive to work. That is when she was pulled over.

"He asked me to remove my sunglasses and said he could smell an alcohol odor in the car."

She was shocked when she took a breathalyzer test and blew over the legal limit.

Experts say six drinks over the course of three hours would put her BAC at .22. Through the night, that number came down by about .02 every hour. Six hours passed between her last drink and when she took off for work.

When she was pulled over, police said she still had a blood alcohol content of .10.

"I never thought that I would blow that considering I had slept, you know, normal hours the night before."

Police say day-after-DUIs happen all the time. Preventing them is simple. Allow yourself more time to get the alcohol out of your system before getting behind the wheel of a car.

Grosse Pointe Park Police Sgt. Jeff Longo says it isn't unusual for people to sleep through the night after drinking, then wake up drunk the next morning. 

That is why the department makes anyone held in city lock-up for drunk-driving take a breathalyzer before they are released.


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