DUI arrest of former Colts QB generates massive blood-alcohol reading

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The headline is the former Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau was arrested for DUI. The real story is the amount of alcohol that was in his system at the time.

Via the Associated Press, portable breath-testing showed Trudeau’s blood-alcohol concentration to be 0.31 percent.

That’s nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, and it’s at the low end of the “life threatening” range of alcohol poisoning.

The Sunday night arrest includes a charge of intimidating a police officer.

A second-round pick in 1986, Trudeau played for the Colts through 1993. He also spent time with the Jets and Panthers.

70 responses to “DUI arrest of former Colts QB generates massive blood-alcohol reading

  1. Geesh! I guess he was pissed that so many guys were getting in trouble and getting all the head lines.

    In the first place, calling him a former NFL QB is a stretch. His career numbers were awful. He had 42 TD’s and 62 int’s and a QB rating of 63.3 in his 10 year career spent mostly as a back up.

    What a dope. He’s lucky he didn’t kill someone and had he had a few more drinks, that someone might have been him.

    Throw the book at him and throw the key away.

  2. Um…”under the influence”? And not “while intoxicated”?

    Good news is it was only 0.31 percent this time. He’s improving.

  3. I feel as though the .08 limit should probably be increased a little bit especially in smaller cities with less traffic congestion. It’s just not that much alcohol to cause much impairment, but damn .31?!

  4. So if i drink a large glass of wine with dinner and get pulled over for a tail light, because i don’t have $$ my life is effected far greater than this idiot who clearly could care less if he killed a family of 10.

    Once again the politics favor the rich.

    Drinking and driving is all but without penalty for the rich.
    A Lawyer an inconvient day in court and it’s over.

    Hilariously Politicians preach about how tough they are on DWI by lowering the alcohol level and the while that is not even close to the problem.

    Go to any bar at closing time.
    90 – 100 % of those people are driving home toasted.

  5. I heard in Trudeau’s mug shot, he was wearing one of those “beer guzzler helmets” – the ones that hold massive quantities of booze and have multiple straws situated to come into mouth range.

    Party on Garth!

  6. He’s too O-L-D to be so foolish. We will be hearing about Trudeau again before we here from Schlichter, wanna bet?

  7. The significance of the the BAC (in addition to it constituting a criminal act while driving) is that it identifies that he’s developed a huge tolerance level for alcohol. He’s gotten to the stage in his drinking career where he needs a whole lot more to get the same effect as other people. His body isn’t processing it the same anymore.

    I hope he gets the help he needs as he’s probably reached the point where stopping on his own is no longer possible.

  8. .31 sounds higher than it really is if you’re a career alcoholic. Yes, he was greatly impaired. But highly doubtful he’s near being poisoned if he’s a daily heavy drinker. Just sayin…

  9. So what. No wait a minute if his kid plays in the NFL he will start with a 4 game suspension.

  10. I’ve heard of 0.6 before. Locally, intoxicated subjects aren’t required to be transported to the hospital until they exceed 0.4. I see 0.3 on an almost daily basis.

  11. lenbias34pt says:
    Jul 27, 2015 4:53 PM

    So if i drink a large glass of wine with dinner and get pulled over for a tail light, because i don’t have $$ my life is effected far greater than this idiot who clearly could care less if he killed a family of 10.

    Once again the politics favor the rich.

    Drinking and driving is all but without penalty for the rich.
    A Lawyer an inconvient day in court and it’s over.

    Hilariously Politicians preach about how tough they are on DWI by lowering the alcohol level and the while that is not even close to the problem.

    Go to any bar at closing time.
    90 – 100 % of those people are driving home toasted.

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    As far as I can tell wealthy people are punished equally and there is little to no favoritism based on wealth for a DWI charge. The punishment for a first offense is not extreme so long as there was no accident associated with the charge. It’s probably not stringent enough for anyone.

    I definitely don’t believe that 90-100% of “those” people are driving home drunk. I think most people don’t drive drunk.

    Assuming this guy was 180 lbs he would need to have 16 beers in 4 hours to get that drunk. I don’t think many guys are doing that.

  12. If you have a “large glass of wine” and drive I hope it cost you everything you own. Especially your license.

  13. He’s gotten to the stage in his drinking career where he needs a whole lot more to get the same effect

    That was my thought, he’s probably a functioning alcoholic. Could be maintaining a .10 before he gets started for the day all over again.

    The casual drinker at .30 wouldn’t know what planet he is on.

  14. AND HE WAS DRIVING ! Wow. He could have easily killed someone. What the hell was this idiot thinking? He should serve 6 months in the hole for even thinking about getting behind the wheel.

  15. Chances are, with a BAC like that, he was probably nowhere near a life-threatening level. Now on the other hand, keep the guy from his drink for three days or so and you’d probably see some serious withdrawal symptoms, which can be life-threatening. In other words, if a guy is functioning with a .31, he probably drinks because he needs it as much as because he likes it.
    Booze is the most damaging drug in our society. And it’s not close.

  16. Congratulations Mr. Trudeau. Mr. Irsay will have a front office position waiting for you upon your release. He thinks you’ve really got what it takes to run things around here.

  17. Truth is that for all of the wrong in this story you have to see the problem for what it is.

    It is a violent sport that we love to death.

    It is a violent sport that has damaging and long lasting effects. The study linked below showed that of the 79 Former NFL players brains studied after their death,that 76 had degenerative brain disease.

    The league or NFL PA needs to have longer assistance for the players that never made the money that these current players do.

  18. “The Sunday night arrest includes a charge of intimidating a police officer.” Then he took a step towards the officer and fell over.

  19. This Trudeau guy needs some help. He obviously has a drinking problem. No one without a drinking problem could drink enough to get that high of a reading and still know what kind of car they own, let alone drive it.

  20. nyneal says:
    Jul 27, 2015 4:42 PM
    In the first place, calling him a former NFL QB is a stretch. His career numbers were awful. He had 42 TD’s and 62 int’s and a QB rating of 63.3 in his 10 year career spent mostly as a back up.
    ===================

    What??? A guy who had a 10 year career and it is a “stretch” to call him a former NFL qb… Lmfao. That is more than twice the length of an average NFL players career.

  21. The Truth says:
    Jul 27, 2015 4:53 PM
    Donovan (NyQuil ) McNabb isn’t standing for this.

    —————————————

    He’s probably not standing at all at the moment….

  22. Just read the Indianapolis Star article on this……when the cop asked Jack for his license, he gave the cop his credit card.

  23. That’s a professional alki right there. Probably drinks like that on a regular basis. Sad

  24. nyneal says:
    In the first place, calling him a former NFL QB is a stretch. His career numbers were awful. He had 42 TD’s and 62 int’s and a QB rating of 63.3 in his 10 year career spent mostly as a back up.
    —————————————–

    He started 49 games, many of which were memorable because they were during (and wasted) Eric Dickerson’s prime. You know who that is, right?

  25. The Uber ride would require him to take his smart phone (assuming he has one) out of his pocket and navigate it to negotiate the ride. Too much trouble when he can just reach in and find keys.

    Intimidating a police officer? What could he do? Blow chunks on the officer. Dude was beyond wasted.

  26. He was also busted a few years back for hosting a huge party for his son and bunch of his friends who had just graduated high school. Also had a DUI in 1990 and PI in 1987. I know it’s easy to take pot shots at him and Irsay…but I really hope he does time and gets help. A .31 renders the normal person incoherent/unconscious . He is clearly an alcoholic who has developed a tolerance and needs treatment. But he did the crime and has to do the time.

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