Pro golfer's BAC twice the legal limit

Published: Jun. 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2009 at 6:54 PM EDT
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Dustin Johnson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Dustin Johnson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - After driving drunk landed a local pro golfer behind bars, police records show Dustin Johnson's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the arrest.

The Carolina Forest Chronicle says Friday records list Johnson's blood alcohol content at 0.19.  The legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08.

Johnson, 24, was charged with DUI shortly before noon on March 31 and was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.  Johnson had been pulled over for a traffic violation on Glenns Bay Road around 1 a.m. A trooper then determined he was driving while under the influence.

Johnson released the following statement shortly after his arrest:

"I  have been charged with driving under the influence in the state of South Carolina.  I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret.  I have let myself down and others who support me.  I am handling the matter privately and rest assured, I will definitely learn from my mistake."

Johnson won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February without having to hit a shot over the last two days when rain washed out the final round.

The win at the National Pro-Am qualified Johnson for the Master's Tournament.

The Coastal Carolina graduate joined Anthony Kim as the only players under 25 with two PGA Tour victories.

Johnson finished his rookie season 42nd on the money list and fourth in driving distance.

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