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Zionsville Times Sentinel

A foot doctor and former Zionsville resident was so drunk he should have been unconscious when he rammed a Honda Civic on State Road 334 Sunday night, Nov. 12.

Dr. Richard O. Lundeen, 55, Indianapolis, tested .46 blood alcohol content at the scene, said Boone County Sheriff Lt. Mike Nielsen.

According to an on-line blood alcohol calculator, www.reference.com, persons with a blood alcohol level between .02 and .03 percent will have “noticeable” behavior changes. Between .15 percent and .20 percent, a person is “obviously intoxicated.”

A blood level of .30 to .40 percent results in a loss of consciousness. A BAC of .50 can be lethal — although persons have survived much higher levels. The site www.reference.com says a level of .40 percent is lethal to 50 percent of adults.

Lundeen is charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor operating with a blood alcohol content of at least .15 percent.

State Road 334 was blocked at County Road 700 East by an earlier accident, Nielsen said in a report. He had just begun waving eastbound traffic past the crash scene when Lundeen drove his BMW 545i into the rear of a 2005 Honda CRV driven by Mary R. Robbins-Nierste, address unknown.

There were three police cars and an ambulance, all with red and blue lights flashing, at the scene when Lundeen, making no effort to stop, hit the CRV, Nielsen said. The CRV’s emergency flashers were on, he said.

Robbins-Nierste was taken to a hospital complaining of neck and back pain. Her 16-year-old daughter, in the passenger seat, was unhurt.

“Mr. Lundeen advised me he had had one beer,” Nielsen said.

Lundeen wasn’t hurt either, but a breath test registered an blood alcohol level so high he was taken to Witham Hospital for observation, Nielsen said in a report. When his level dropped to a medically safe level, he was booked at the Boone County Jail.

An hour after the accident, Lundeen’s BAC was .31 percent, according to a test done by Lebanon Police Officer Kevin Stump.

Lundeen had last been ticketed, for speeding, in February 2002. He has seven other speeding tickets, according to court records.

The first accident was a minor one casued when Shelby Grimaldi, 15, of Zionsville was driving a Chrysler Cirrus west on State Road 334 and Roy Glassburg, 31, of Lebanon was driving east on the highway at about 7:20 p.m., Boone County Deputy Sheriff Craig Fouts said.

He said Grimaldi, who had a learner’s permit, attempted to turn left onto County Road 700 East in front of Glassburg and Glassburg did not have time to stop.

Both accidents resulted in minor injuries and complaints of pain, but the drivers in both accidents were checked out and released at the scene.

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