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first_img“I didn’t feel impaired,” he said after the first round. But after a second round, his alcohol level was up to 0.101. Brown said he was feeling “relaxed.” “You have to be careful when you are drinking,” Brown said. Fellow employees Nick Viera, 28, of Long Beach and George Murphy, 49, of San Bernardino had slightly different result, since both had eaten beforehand. Even so, the human guinea pigs all showed signs of intoxication above the legal limit, said Officer Greg Makel. Blood-alcohol levels are not the only determining factor CHP uses when making a DUI arrest, he added. Hand-eye coordination tests also determine a person’s sobriety. “You can get arrested for drunk driving with a level below 0.08 percent,” he said. After drinking their rounds of beer, the three employees took part in coordination tests, while another dozen or so bar and restaurant employees looked on. “This was a great program,” said Sergio Castillo, who tends the bar at the Sage Restaurant and Bar. “People get mad when I cut them off, but they don’t think about the consequences.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We usually conduct these classes right before the holidays to deter drunk driving,” CHP Sgt. Raquel Stage. Although Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday, she said it still prompts lots of people to celebrate with a few drinks. Couple that with the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight on Saturday and the stage is set for people partying at bars and then driving home. “There will be additional officers out on patrol in the area,” Stage added. At the workshop, three Triangle employees drank three beers in a 45-minute period, then officials checked their blood-alcohol levels. They then drank two more beers and were tested again after 15 minutes. Isaac Brown, 22, of Norwalk drank his first round on an empty stomach. His first blood-alcohol level was 0.081, which is above the 0.08 legal limit. • Photo Gallery: Impairment and Intoxication • Video: DUI classes SANTA FE SPRINGS – Before you order that next drink, the California Highway Patrol wants you to know that nothing – not coffee, not a nap, not an energy drink – will sober you up enough to drive safely more than time. To clarify that point, CHP officials held a “wet lab” informational class for local bar and restaurant employees Wednesday aimed at helping them identify signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication in their customers. The workshop at Triangle Distributing Co., an alcoholic beverage distributor, coincided with this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, officials said. last_img read more