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Kurt Busch's alcohol level well below legal limit

11/15/2005

PHOENIX -- Nextel Cup champion driver Kurt Busch blew a
0.017 blood-alcohol level during a preliminary sobriety test,
falling far below the state's impairment limit.

Busch was detained Friday on suspicion of drunken driving and
cited for reckless driving after a confrontation with Maricopa
County deputies. He was suspended by Roush Racing for the rest of
the season.

Maricopa County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Paul Chagolla said Busch
blew the 0.017 blood-alcohol reading on a preliminary test, which
is not admissible in court but is designed to help indicate the
presence of alcohol. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.

Chagolla said deputies tried to administer an official alcohol
breath test but the machine malfunctioned.

None of the six signs that would indicate impairment during
another test were present either.

Busch was issued a criminal traffic citation for reckless
driving.