Both the New York Post and the Daily News report today that Martin Heidgen, the wrong-way driver in Saturday’s fatal head-on collision in Long Island, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.28, three-and-a-half times the legal limit.
But the papers disagree on how to get that drunk. The Daily News says “Heidegen, 24, a former college frat boy, must have had at least 11 beers or 11 shots of hard liquor to be that drunk, said Jay Godfrey, president of CG Labs, a blood-alcohol testing company in Suncook, N.H….’Conceivably, he could have had a lot more to drink.'”
The Post goes ahead and conceives it: Heidgen’s 0.28 level represents “the equivalent of about 18 drinks in six hours for the 180-pound driver.”
Even the Post‘s artwork depicts a more expansive binge. Where the Daily News lines up 11 pictures of beer bottles, the Paper of Steve Dunleavy presents nine beers, five glasses of wine, and four shots of liquor.