A Villanova University student was hospitalized and cited for public intoxication early Sunday morning after his blood alcohol content tested at life-threatening levels, Lower Merion police said Monday.
Bryn Mawr Hospital staff called police about 2:15 a.m. to report a very drunk man had just left the emergency room. Whether the man—an 18-year-old Villanova freshman from Newton, MA—had been receiving medical treatment, and how he had arrived at the hospital, was not immediately known.
Officers encountered the student on a sidewalk a block away from the hospital, staggering and speaking incomprehensibly, police said. His only statement police understood was that he had been drinking beer and vodka.
The student's blood alcohol content registered 0.35, more than four times the 0.08 legal limit for drivers. He was cited for public intoxication and underage drinking.