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Minnesota bar owner was driving with 0.34 blood alcohol level at time of fatal crash

Bar owner Michael Skov was behind the wheel and more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit when he drove into a fatal head-on collision on Minnesota Highway 13 just north of Albert Lea, a State Patrol spokeswoman said today.

On the rainy night on April 14, Skov was driving a 1993 Buick LeSabre northbound just after 10:30 p.m. when he crossed into the southbound lane and crashed into a 2008 Cadillac CTS. The driver and two passengers in the Cadillac were all treated at the hospital and released the next day.

Though the State Patrol had previously announced that Skov, 47, had "acute alcohol intoxication" at the time of the crash, his BAL hadn't been disclosed until today. Skov owned the Bend in the Road bar in Manchester, Minnesota.

Assuming Skov was roughly 240 pounds, he would've needed to ingest about 20 drinks in a short period of time to reach a 0.34 BAL. Individuals at that level of intoxication can slip into unconsciousness and die.

The California State University, Bakersfield presents the following information about a 0.35 BAL on the school's website:

This blood alcohol level also happens to be the level of surgical anesthesia. You may stop breathing at this point. In February 1996, a second student, age 20, died of alcohol poisoning with a BAL of .34% after drinking six beers and twelve shots in two hours.

Skov's death certificate somehow lists heart failure as the cause of his death, but notes that "being intensely drunk" and "in severely poor health" also contributed.


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