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Woman 2.5 times 'super drunk' limit sues arresting officer





Woman 2.5 times 'super drunk' limit sues arresting officer Woman 2.5 times 'super drunk' limit sues arresting officer
  • Tammy Korthals, 46, was arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence
  • Deputy Bradley Strozeski breathalyzed her, and she blew a 0.346
  • The limit of 'super drunk' is 0.17, which Korthals more than doubled 
  • She later fell while being transported in jail and suffered severe facial injuries 
  • She is suing Huron County and Deputy Strozeski for $75,000 in damages 

A woman who more than doubled the 'super drunk' limit while driving is now suing the county and her arresting officer after suffering injuries in custody.

Tammy Korthals, 46, blew a 0.346 at a traffic stop in Casville, Michigan in 2014 - a number so high Deputy Bradley Strozeski thought his breathalyzer must have been broken.

The 140-pound woman was then arrested and taken to Scheurer Hospital where her blood alcohol content clocked in at 0.41, a lethal level for someone her size.

 A woman who more than doubled the limit of 'super drunk' while driving is now suing the county and her arresting officer after breaking her face while in custodyTammy Korthals, 46, blew a 0.346 at a  traffic stop in Casville, Michigan in 2014 - a number so high Deputy Bradley Strozeski thought his breathalyzer must have been broken 

Tammy Korthals, 46, blew a 0.346 at a traffic stop in Casville, Michigan in 2014 - a number so high Deputy Bradley Strozeski thought his breathalyzer must have been broken

In the state of Michigan, anyone with a BAC of 0.8 is incapacitated to drive. The state defines 'super drunk' as 1.7 or higher - which Korthals more than doubled.

After she was released from the hospital Deputy Strozeski escorted her to Huron County Jail, where she fell down the stairs while in his care. She hit her head on the corner of a half wall and toppled backwards, knocking herself unconscious.

 
 After she was released from the hospital Deputy Strozeski escorted her to Huron County Jail, where she fell down the stairs while in his care. She is now suing him and Huron county for $75,000 in damages

After she was released from the hospital Deputy Strozeski escorted her to Huron County Jail, where she fell down the stairs while in his care. She is now suing him and Huron county for $75,000 in damages

Her lawsuit, filed February 1 in the U.S. District Court in Detroit, stated that Strozeski should have taken closer care of her given her ultra-intoxicated state, and is seeking $75,000 in damages from Huron County and Deputy Strozeski.

It said: 'Regardless of whether Plaintiff had received medical clearance to leave the hospital, Defendant Strozeski knew that Plaintiff was severely intoxicated both at the time of her arrest and at the time of her transport to the jail, and he knew or should have known that she would not be able to walk safely without assistance in her severely intoxicated condition.'

The lawsuit continued with a summary of Korthals' injuries, which included fractures to the orbital bones in her left eye, neck injury, a traumatic brain injury, intracranial bleed, and subdural hematoma. 

She was sentenced in January 2016 to 30 days in jail, one year of probation, 10 days of community service and fines totaling $1,905.

As of Thursday, the county had not yet been served, and further dates for the suit were not available.  


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