Last weekend, a 23-year-old Lansing man led area police on a high-speed through the city and its suburbs. Authorities are now saying that the man admitted to consuming alcohol-laced energy drinks including Four Loko and Sparks. These drinks, now banned in Michigan, are thought by some experts to pose a serious health risk.
According to reports, the suspect had a blood-alcohol level of 0.32 – four times Michigan’s legal limit. An officer involved in the man’s arrest speculated that the caffeine contained in the drinks kept the suspect awake despite his alcohol consumption. The driver has been charged under Michigan’s “super drunk” driving law, which provides for enhanced penalties for people who drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 or higher.