Lebecki, who ate breakfast the shortly before the demonstration, consumed seven shots of vodka and topped out at 0.072 percent.
During the demonstration, he never cleared legal the limit and remarked after one drink, he didn’t feel safe to operate a vehicle.
“I was shocked to see how much everyone could drink and how their behavior changed and they were still under the level,” Lebecki said.
“I thought one drink was 0.8 and that’s that,” he added.
“They were having big booze-ups. I wouldn’t get into a car with any of them.”
Dietz was cut off at 12 p.m. when he registered at 0.06 percent, and instructed to sober up for an hour – a tactic many people assume is safe to practice, the officers confirmed.
At 12:45 p.m., his blood-alcohol concentration rose to 0.082. Though he hadn’t consumed any more beer or vodka, his levels rose and he was legally declared intoxicated.
That facet was the most shocking for the lean muscle-builder.
“Just because you stop, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear and you’re going to sober up,” Officer Brian Byrod said.
“You stopped and you’re like ‘Oh dude, I’m good here I’m going to drive home.’ You can still be over the legal limit later and it takes time.”
And contrary to popular belief, if a motorist registers lower than the legal limit of 0.08 percent and law enforcement can prove they are too drunk to drive, they can haul them off to jail and charge them with driving under the influence.
“It’s interesting to see the effect of alcohol is more than just your physical reaction and what you think you’re okay with,” Mcfarren said.
The Santa Clarita woman, who owns Wolf Creek Brewery and Restaurant, said she was surprised her blood alcohol level was much higher than initially anticipated.
“When you see what your BA is, it’s generally higher than you think it is.
The brewer said she plans to ensure her patrons know drinking and driving is never an option.
“If you want to go and have a few drinks, have a plan to pick you up and get home safely,” she said.
Though none of the participants admitted to ever driving under the influence, the five each agreed post-demonstration they were more likely to use a driving service such as Uber or Lyft when socially drinking.
“If you’re affected in the least, I don’t think you should drive,” Lebecki said.
“And don’t do the coffee thing, all you are is a wide-awake drunk.”
The five participants were all given a lift courtesy of The Signal and CHP to their next destinations.