• Jul 8, 2007
Last week in Orange Beach, Ala., a police officer spotted a speeding Monte Carlo, threw on the blue lights and started an 8-mile, 100-mph chase that ended with the Monte upside down.
With his gun drawn, the officer says he approached the car to find an 11-year-old girl behind the wheel. Sorry, an allegedly drunk, slightly injured 11-year-old girl behind the wheel.

Orange Beach assistant police chief Greg Duck wouldn't say what the girl's blood alcohol level was, but did say it was higher than the legal limit for adults, .08 grams per milliliter, and much higher than what state law allows for anyone under 21, which is .02 gpm.

We're baffled. First, that an 11-year-old can see above the steering wheel, much less reportedly pilot a Monte Carlo at 100 mph. Second that she is accused of being drunk while doing it. And third, that Alabama has a blood alcohol limit for minors.

Wow. Just wow.

[Source: Press-Register]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF?! What a damn bizarre story!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Alabama's still a state?? I thought The New AT&T purchased Alabama and made it a subsidiary...

      Still, I shouldn't poke fun; in Bmore drug kingpins/gang members aren't much older than this girl, on average.

      Age doesn't make an adult; it's experience.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, ".08 grams per milliliter, " is close to 10%, which would would not only kill you, but kills many yeasts used in the fermentation/brewing process. The unit normally used in the US for BAC is %. Europe uses a permill unit referring to 1/1000.
      TFR- 0.16 is twice the legal limit in most states, and will render you pretty damn drunk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As far as I know, the legal limits are 0.08/0.02, but percent, not mg/l - which would result in 0.16/0.04 percent.

      I couldn't even imagine .16 percent as a legal limit - down here, it's already considered a "medium" state of drunkenness.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BACs between .01 and .03 is cough-syrup territory.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Alabama? Big surprise.

      There. Direct your complaints at me now instead of autoblog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's even more amazing is that an eleven year old was able to outrun the man for eight miles! Had she not flipped the Monte she may have made it across state lines!

      FYI Autoblog, instead of insinuating that southerners somehow encourage underage drinking, every state has a very low, established BAC limit for drivers under the age of 21.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And third, that Alabama has a blood alcohol limit for minors.


      Well, my, my my. Them poor dumb rednecks down in AL suprised you.

      Wow. Just wow.

      You all at Autoblog seem to be a group of real bigots, aren't you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If it's illegal for a person to drink, why would they have an acceptable BAC level? Logic dictates that anyone under 21 with ANY BAC would be in violation of the law.

        Having a BAC for minors does sound a bit redneck to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Breathalyzers aren't very accurate as a measure of BAC. Any number of things, like mouthwash, could cause you to register a non-zero BAC reading even when you haven't been drinking. The .02 limit is the cutoff where they think they can say you *have* been drinking. It's not just Alabama; I think most states have a similar rule.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jaymez

        It's NOT illegal for minors to drink in ALL circumstances. As I've already said, some states allow minors to drink if their parents are present, however, they can never buy or be sold alcohol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In Canada the limit is .05 but charges are laid at .08 to remove any doubt. You can get a roadside suspension for 24 hours between a reading of .05 & .08. I am unaware of any province that makes a difference pending the age of the driver.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm grateful my Mom chose a career as a realtor that allowed her to be home when my sister and I got home from school. No child should be a "latchkey kid".
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thank you Galley.I was getting a little frustrated with the lack of insight in regards to this child.God Bless Your Mom.It's an heroic selfless act of love to be a Mom.I wonder where this girl's Mom was.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm. Some people here are hypersensitive and entirely unable to take a joke, even just an implied one.

      Southern states are funny. Accept it. Laugh. Living your life getting all fluffed up every time people mock it will just lead to unnecessary frustration on your part, and make everything significantly funnier for us. The more you get worked up the harder we will laugh.

      This goes for all states. The only states that can't be mocked are the ones so boring and devoid of personality that there's nothing there to joke about (see: DE.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...in the case of youths committing crime, that is.
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