Today: The Ridiculously High Blood Alcohol Content of Brian Euston & What It Means

About deceased Westport party boy Brian Euston’s blood alcohol levels…

After spending an evening at Kelly’s in Westport with his friends, Euston blasted off in the wee small hours of the morning at closing time last fall for parts unknown. Then, after being "overly friendly" to a man’s girlfriend near America’s Pub – and being warned to leave her alone, but persisting in "getting into" her face – Euston was punched, fell, hit his head and later died, prosecutors say.

Now forget about the racial or security aspects of the incident…

The bottom line is Euston’s blood-alcohol level was .387, nearly five times the legal limit for drinking and driving. Five times!

".387 is pretty damn high," says an area attorney specializing in DUI law. "I mean, close to the highest I’ve seen. I’ve heard of people dying of alcohol poisoning at less than that. The fact that the kid could even walk is surprising to me. If you’re at .300 even there’s a good chance you’re face down in your own vomit."

Here’s what a .387 blood alcohol level really means, since most of the "news" stories prefer to downplay Euston’s extreme state of drunkeness and focus more on a handsome young white man dying at the hands of a black man with a police record:

According to Loyola Marymount University, the following syptoms occur at the listed blood alcohol levels.

  • .120 Vomiting usually occurs (unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance to alcohol).
  • .150 Balance and movement are impaired. At this BAC. level an equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.
  • .150-.25 Most people begin to experience blackouts
  • .300 Many people lose consciousness.
  • .400 Most people lose consciousness and some die.
  • .450 Breathing stops. This is a fatal dose for most people.

Euston was just a hair below .400, meaning he had the equivalent of well-over a pint of whiskey circulating in his bloodstream.

I asked one Westport bar owner if he thought Euston would still be alive today if he’d left Kelly’s at even two to three times the legal limit. His answer: "Absolutely."

Or if he’d grabbed one of the many cabs that cluster outside Kelly’s or if the bar had called a taxi for him?

"He’d still be alive," the bar owner says. "But this is the type of thing that could have happened in the parking lot at Arrowhead during a Chiefs game. It’s got nothing to do really with Westport."

Clearly it’s a family tragedy. And two wrongs don’t make a right. But if there’s a lesson to be learned here, how about drinking responsibly?

"My other point would be, if somebody could walk around at .387 they’re probably a pretty damned good drinker," the attorney says. "With a very high tolerance. A casual drinker would literally pass out before they got to .387. At .387 you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. I couldn’t even see a cab at .387."

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22 Responses to Today: The Ridiculously High Blood Alcohol Content of Brian Euston & What It Means

  1. -jl says:

    JR.:
    Please stop posting “party pics” of the poor, deceased man. We get it, and you are absolutely dispicable.

  2. Cliffy says:

    There is somethng to be learned here.
    Tragic. I’ve seen smart kids get lost like this.

    I’ve been plenty critical of Hearne, but I think this is well done. Lots of pertinent questions to be answered.

  3. newbaum turk says:

    drunk
    I believe .4 is legally dead so this guy was for sure hammered. It sounds like he was being an obnoxious drunk as well. If you go out you are sure to run across one of these people eventually and you do want to punch them. Problem is they are so drunk they are pretty much defenseless so if you do hit them and their head hits the ground then you might be in a shitload of trouble. I’m going to date myself here but if I remember right this is what got the old Pogo’s (I told you) changed into an underage club. Two white guys got in a fight outside, one dropped the other, and the guy hit his head on the ground and died. An unintended consequence that ends terribly. I think that guy is still in prison for that punch.

  4. Rainbow Man says:

    to bad jr… this is a story
    JR… despicable? This is a big freaking story. They had a $35K reward for manslaughter. The Precious Doe reward was $33K. Where did the pics some from? Sorry man… The pics help tell the story. And it looks like they were not too hard to find.

  5. Hearne says:

    The pics were among the hundreds posted by his friends…
    On a Facebook page they put together as a tribute to his life. Rainbow Man is reading me right. There are dozens and dozens of similar photos which combined with the evidence, seem to go a long way in telling this story.

    This was a young man with what appears to have been a very serious problem. Very sad.

  6. thelogabides says:

    wtf
    Sooo he was drunk. Who cares? Just because he was drunk, it doesn’t mean he deserved to be beat to death by a black thug. Why isn’t it considered a hate crime? If the roles were reversed you can bet the dept of injustice and the usual suspects (i.e. sharpton, jackson and their ilk) would be rabid for blood. Why harp on his blood alchol level? Is that not the same as if a woman was raped and killed and then you proceed to post photos of her drinking and dressing sexy. What’s your point, that it’s somehow his fault? Typical liberal! I’m waiting for your next expose on how the man has oppressed and downtrodden the poor thug. The only story we’re getting is the thug’s side, because dead men tell no tales. Nice touch with the pack of animals photographing and posting his death to facebook pages.
    Westport is dead to me, and I used to love westport. Anytime a friend would come to kansas city i would take them for bbq and westport live bands. No more.

  7. Guy says:

    living in the glass house again
    Hearne, you are the king of post mortum character assassinations!! I understand it is much more safe for you to talk shit on dead people…..less chance of you getting your ass handed to you. But, your lack of class and thoughtfulness of others going through tough times, I guarantee is going to catch up with you. You have very few REAL friends in this town, and you continue to make enemies…with the Stewart “secret santa” hit piece and now this one. And, for you to be judge of someone’s alcohol problem is the pot calling the kettle black. You broke the law being a drunk dipshit and getting behind the wheel. What if someone punched you in your face while you were stumbling to your car and you hit your head. Same thing probably would have happened. Or, you could have wrecked your car and killed someone else or yourself. Would you want your character called into questioned after your were dead and could not defend it? I think not. Karma is a bitch and I have to think yours is going catch up with you sooner or later.

  8. Mark X says:

    Thank you, Vwriter …
    … good post. I glad there is ONE sane poster here.

  9. Curious says:

    How much?
    Hearne,
    I am not sure why this one person gets so much press here at KCC, becasue a lot of people die everyday, and this one seems less deserving of out attention than most, but it is your website, so do as you will. I am glad you are staying sane about the circimstances and not going crazy like some are, saying shit like this is a hate crime. This is not a hate crime, and I bet this is not the first time whats his name got punched, it is just the frist time he died (maybe)

    If anyone should go to jail it is people who took pictures withput finding help for ths drunk. The guy who hit him did what was reasonable. btw – IF YOU, OR ANYONE gets in my face I will hit toyu too. DONT BE A STUPID DRUNK!!!!

    ===========================================
    Which brings me to my question. How much does one have to drink to have 384/400 BAC?
    Does that mean 1/2 percent of your blood is booze? With no alchohol your blood is 100%
    blood, his was 99.5% blood is that correct?

    For some reason I have stopped drinking booze. These days I seemto reach my proper cruising altitude with just beer. I did not stop on purpose, it just happened. I have always followed the Kieth Richards school of thought that says listen to your body….and mine does not feel like drinking booze anymore…..ANYWAY……..

    How much would a 200 lb man need to drink to get to .400 BAC? Could I even get there on beer alone? How many drinks in what period of time would it take?

    Are there any sceintist , or pigs, out there who might shed some light on how much booze it takes, I am just curious. I wonder if I have ever come close to being that drunk. I have been pretty drunk, but never testeed. I may have been close to 300-400, but I dont know.

    Back in the day I would start getting partying on beer and then go to Bacardi (later switching to Absolute) ….it was standard procedure…… I did not have life issues or anything,m we juts liked to rock and roll and party our asses off….. I mention that because I dont care if people drink, I dont care what anyone does…… just dont get in my face or you will get punched…..yeah even after this incident. I have no previous police record, and I probably have a better attorney the the poor guy in jail in this case. I wish the arrested luck, he does not deserve to be in jail juts becasue some idiot drunk died when he got what he deserved.

    Anyone know the fact on how much ya gotta drink to reach 400?

    and next,,,can we move on to people who deserve our attention?

  10. Hearne Christopher says:

    If you can’t read and/or understand the difference between .8 and 3.8, someone else is going to have to help sort it out for you. Good luck!

  11. Hearne says:

    I’ll ask my DUI expert but…
    It’s probably based on body weight. That chart said a 1.5 is the equivalent of having a half pint of whiskey in your bloodstream. Not sure if that means drinking a half pint or drinking a larger amount to get to that level. But doing the math means a 3.0 would be a full pint and nearly four would be close to a pint and a half.

    Look anybody can get stopped after having a handful of drinks – drunk or not – and hit the .8 threshold. But some of the posters here seem to be unable to comprehend the level at which this young man went over the line.

    And for the dumbass who keeps saying I sent Tony some kind of cease and desist, get a clue. If you think that’s true why don’t you ask Tony. Find someplace else to post your bogus inferences. How’s that?

  12. Hearne fan says:

    Click it or ticket
    I think .08 is absurd level to charge people with DUI. If you look at who does damage drunk driving, it is usually repeat offenders who are WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY past .14+. The police are now pushing for (and in some places already have ) the rigfht to draw blood from anyone suspected of being drunk but refusing to bear witness against themslf. That means drawing YOUR BLOOD on the street. That means if you have a glass of wine with dinner and some overzealous pig can violate your body and possibly infect you with ….maybe HIV.

    btw- I have a particularly bad taste in my mouth right now for over zealous pigs. I got my first NOT WEARING A SEATBELT ticket in Misioon on Thursday. I was flabbergasted, I thought hat was a myth, not that hey would really do it. I wonderr how this law exists wehn motorcyles doe not have to wear seatlbelts. I am debating what to do. Today it is this frivolous crap and tomorrow it is …..well Egypt is ion flames today becasue of the unfair BS that government want to do. One step at a time they are fucking us all over, and before long it will be too late.. SIEG HIEL!!!

    PS
    I will not be doing anynmore business in Mission. No more money from me going to for Popeyes or HyVee or Village inn or Baskin Robbins or Capital Fderal or Target etc etc Those Mission pigs are crazy. They tailgate people looking for trouble. Fk them and fuck Mission.

    From tearing down a perfectly fine (money generating) shopping center (which is now a weeded lot) to charging businesses with a driveway tax, the people in charge of Mission Kansas are idiots. BOYCOTT MISSION KANSAS!!!!!!!

  13. Rainbow Man says:

    Why this story gets attention
    Curious… It gets attention because upper class Rockhurst grad European travelers aren’t supposed to die violently in Westport. The irony makes it a story. It really is not a strange fascination… It is news. It is not about race so much… If it was a premium schooled popular black kid whose parents owned a well known retail establishment… It would get just as much news.

  14. Mission Resident says:

    Thank you, Hearne fan …
    … on behalf of my fellow citizens. We don’t’ want you in our fair city. We pay our law enforcement officers good money to keep people like you out of our town. And yes, they do “…tailgate people looking for trouble”.

    I agree with you though, .08 is absurd level to charge people with DUI. I wish it were down to .05 at the most.

    Again, I agree with you … I’m sorry you were ticketed for not wearing a seat-belt. Please, continue to NOT wear one. When the day finally arrives that you’re in an accident, while driving just slightly under .08, I don’t want anything to stop you from going through your windshield .

    Darwinism usually, eventually takes care of people like you.

    Again, thanks for promising to never come back to Mission! Adios!

  15. Mission Resident says:

    Thank you, Hearne fan …
    … on behalf of my fellow citizens. We don’t’ want you in our fair city. We pay our law enforcement officers good money to keep people like you out of our town. And yes, they do “…tailgate people looking for trouble”.

    I agree with you though, .08 is absurd level to charge people with DUI. I wish it were down to .05 at the most.

    Again, I agree with you … I’m sorry you were ticketed for not wearing a seat-belt. Please, continue to NOT wear one. When the day finally arrives that you’re in an accident, while driving just slightly under .08, I don’t want anything to stop you from going through your windshield .

    Darwinism usually, eventually takes care of people like you.

    Again, thanks for promising to never come back to Mission! Adios!

  16. Guy says:

    the point
    This kids parents are hurting. If your kid made a dumb mistake that ended up being fatal, would you want people on a website or blog using their 20/20 hindsight vision to tell you what you should have done to avoid the tragic mistake. Probably not. I just don’t think you think about other people when you post shit, just to stir people up.

    You don’t have to drink as much as he did, to thin your blood enough to cause major bleed upon hitting your head.

  17. Mission Lover says:

    Yeah, Yous keeps outta of Mission, you evil doer
    YEAH!!!! We dont need no trouble makin, nonseat belt weaing evil doers coming into Mission. You evil doers, not wearing yer seatblets, yous needs to to keep outta our town. We love our police tail gating people, it keeps ya’ll in line.. Harrassing people is our middle name here in Mission. AND IF YOUS DONT LIKE IT, THEN YOUS DONT NEED TO BE COMEN TO MISSION!!

  18. gully foyle, jr. says:

    Still, it doesn’t make it right to kill him
    While I cannot agree more that this is very intoxicated, you are implying that it makes it acceptable to kill him. You do not have permission to punch out sloppy/happy drunks. Sure, he didn’t mean to kill him, but the puncher (allegedly) caused his death. One to seven is not out of line for this. With no record, give them a year, be out in a few months. With a record for assaulting others, maybe four years.
    As was said, there are no winners here, but it seems to me there are people who think it is acceptable to punch drunks, or that the poor guy hastened his own demise. He sure didn’t do himself any favors, but a society cannot survive if it allows people to even accidentally kill drunks.

  19. Op Ed says:

    He was not killed
    He was not killed, he was punched for being a stupid drunk. No jail time is proper. DRUNKS BEWARE, and that menas me and you and everyone else. DONT BE A DRUNK IDIOT. DONT DIE.

    This was an accident, and beating up a pussy cop should not even be brought up, because that is always acceptable.

    PS
    mean while real current events are occuring in the world. Egypt has shut down the internet as a test of how humans react to that, and of course THE US GOVERNMENT is still ileaglly searching and fondling innocent citizns at the KCI airport before they are allowed to fly.

  20. chuck says:

    Hey Op Ed…
    Are you done with that Kerr Space Time analysis?

  21. Hey Chuck says:

    No space there
    That is spelled…. “spacetime”, there is no space between space and time…… but hey …….. it is all relative…… an uh , NO, I will using it for a while longer.

  22. kcredsox says:

    Similar thing happened outside a bar Chappels in North Kansas City a few years ago. I don’t think the guy was that drunk, but same thing happened, two guys got into an argument, one guy punched the other guy once, he fell, hit his head and died. Not sure how much time the guy got, but he did go to prison.

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