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  • Blood-alcohol level of Woodinville driver breaks state record

    By Peyton Whitely and Sharon Pian Chan

    Seattle Times Eastside bureau

    A former Seattle police officer returned the highest blood-alcohol reading ever recorded by a Washington state driver, and she was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday.

    Deana F. Jarrett, of Woodinville, registered a 0.47 percent blood-alcohol reading after striking two cars April 11, said Trooper Jeff Merrill, public-information officer for the State Patrol. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08 percent.

    A blood-alcohol level above 0.40 percent is potentially lethal.

    "Someone who is an alcoholic will tolerate a higher blood-alcohol level," said Lynne Freeman, a doctor at Group Health's urgent-care clinic on Capitol Hill. "In someone who is not an alcoholic, they could die somewhere between 0.4 and 0.5."

    For someone Jarrett's size — 5 feet 5 inches and 130 to 140 pounds — it would take about a fifth of liquor, 25.6 ounces, in a short period of time, to reach that blood-alcohol level, Freeman said.

    "It would be many drinks," she said, and "probably straight alcohol rather than beer."

    According to court records, Jarrett also goes by the name Deana Karst, and Seattle police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said Karst used to work for the department. According to city records, Karst began working as a police officer in 1979.

    Jarrett, 54, who also was arrested in a traffic stop by Redmond police April 10, faces two counts of DUI. She refused a breath test in that arrest, Redmond police said.

    The next day, her blood-alcohol level registered 0.47 percent after she was involved in two traffic collisions on eastbound Highway 520, Merrill said.

    Five empty four-ounce plastic bottles of vodka and two empty 12-ounce cans of beer were found on the front passenger seat, according to a trooper's report.




    No one was injured in the collisions, which took place minutes apart, Merrill said.

    "Most people black out at between 0.35 and higher," said Detective Tim Gately of the Redmond Police Department said.

    After the April 10 arrest in Redmond, King County jail records show Jarrett was booked at 4:54 p.m. and released after posting $500 bail at 8:16 p.m.

    After the April 11 arrest, Jarrett first was taken to Evergreen Hospital, where she had to be restrained with soft wrist restraints and was combative, according to a Patrol report.

    The State Patrol uses guidelines that require troopers to seek medical attention for people who have blood-alcohol readings above 0.25 percent, Merrill added.

    She then was booked into the King County jail at 5:43 p.m. and released after posting $500 bail at 12:48 a.m. last Thursday, jail records indicate.

    Both arrests now have been combined into a single prosecution, with her arraignment on the two DUI charges set for 8:45 a.m. Monday in the Redmond Courthouse of King County District Court.

    Jarrett, who holds a valid driver's license, also faces charges of reckless driving and a hit and run after hitting a vehicle Feb. 23, court records showed. She could not be reached for comment.

    Merrill said the State Patrol maintains records on all individuals who submit to a breath test in Washington. Thirty-five of the approximately 356,000 breath tests given since 1998 have registered above 0.40 percent, a records check revealed.

    An average of 42,000 to 45,000 breathalyzer tests are given each year by all law-enforcement agencies in the state. No one had registered over 0.45 percent on a breath test, Merrill said.

  • #2
    I was at county once. This trooper looked nervous because his transport was fully functional and he didn't think she would blow. .32! You never know!

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    • #3
      That's damn drunk.

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      • #4
        We once had a girl who could walk and talk perfect but if she didn't look and smell like 100 beers you'd never know. This girl blew .34 and we were ready to take her to the hospital but she was a professional drunk and this was nothing new. Oh yeah, she weighed about 100 lbs. She now has her 3rd DUI and will be spending some time at our inn.
        "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything!"-Wyatt Earp

        "You never know when crazy will show up!"-Irishdep

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        • #5
          That's the highest I've heard of on a calibrated instrument.

          Highest I've seen is .584 (uncalibrated pbt) on a lady who went into cardiac...

          Either way, that's plowed...

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          • #6
            At her size... I'da thought she'd be dead or on her way.

            She must practice a lot... jeeez

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            • #7
              hey...there's always exceptions to the rule, and its usually the most unlikely person to be the exception

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              • #8
                registered a 0.47 percent blood-alcohol reading
                IMPRESSIVE!

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                • #9
                  She's what I call a "Top Fueler", I guess we know why she's an EX-Seattle cop..

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                  • #10
                    Oooh, a PARTY GIRL! Anybody know how much her bail will be?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ksadek
                      registered a 0.47 percent blood-alcohol reading.
                      Hmmm.....something to shoot for during Police Week this year.....


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TX Heat
                        Anybody know how much her bail will be?

                        Originally posted by ksadek
                        After the April 10 arrest in Redmond, King County jail records show Jarrett was booked at 4:54 p.m. and released after posting $500 bail at 8:16 p.m.

                        After the April 11 arrest, Jarrett first was taken to Evergreen Hospital, where she had to be restrained with soft wrist restraints and was combative, according to a Patrol report.
                        She then was booked into the King County jail at 5:43 p.m. and released after posting $500 bail at 12:48 a.m. last Thursday, jail records indicate.

                        Both arrests now have been combined into a single prosecution, with her arraignment on the two DUI charges set for 8:45 a.m. Monday in the Redmond Courthouse of King County District Court.
                        Looks like she posted 1K (500 after each arrest) and is out on bond......

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                        • #13
                          She is probably a .25 by noon everyday.
                          And the road becomes my bride.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 10-97UPD
                            She is probably a .25 by noon everyday.
                            At least..... Probably sitting at the local Legion or VFW sucking them down starting around 8AM or so......with all the night shift folks....

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                            • #15
                              Supposedly there is a .6 BAC at the Type II school in MO. Never seen but I have heard about it.
                              A Veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount up to, and including their life. That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact!

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