West Danville resident Steven Beane allegedly told police he only had three beers after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Western Avenue in St. Johnsbury. But Beane’s roadside preliminary breath test measured his blood alcohol content to be almost five times the legal limit. “He supplied a 0.388% BAC at about 2020 hours,” wrote St. Johnsbury Police Ofc. Robert Gerrish in his report. “I estimated his level of impairment as extreme, due to alcohol intoxication.” The legal limit in Vermont is .08 percent. Beane, 31, pleaded not guilty in Caledonia Superior Court on Monday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was released on conditions by Judge Michael S. Kupersmith. “Most people would be comatose at that level and some people might actually be on their way to the grave,” said the judge. Beane faces a possible sentence of up to two years in prison and a $750 fine if convicted.
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