WEST GOSHEN – West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll said Wednesday that “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than twice the state’s legal limit and he may have been traveling as fast as 140 mph at the time Dunn crashed his Porsche Monday morning, killing himself and his passenger.
Carroll said Dunn’s BAC was .196 at the time of the accident. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08. Carroll said alcohol was the only substance in Dunn’s system.
“No other substances were found in his blood other than the alcohol,” Carroll said.
The West Goshen Police Department also announced that an accident reconstruction team determined Dunn was traveling between 132 and 140 mph when his vehicle collided with a guardrail, landed in the woods and burst into flames about 2:40 a.m. Monday near Pottstown Pike.
Dunn, 34, and his passenger, Zachary D. Hartwell, both of West Chester were pronounced dead at the scene.
About two hours before the crash, a photo of Dunn and two other men apparently drinking was posted to Dunn’s Twitter account. The image has since been removed from Twitter.
Carroll said Dunn was at Barnaby’s of America in West Chester shortly before the crash occurred. An employee who answered the phone Wednesday afternoon said the business has no comment regarding the news of Dunn’s BAC.
In 2005, West Whiteland police arrested Dunn for driving under the influence after he crashed his BMW in the 1300 block of Burke Road. Dunn later completed the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program, which allows first offenders to have their criminal record erased if they complete a probationary period and other court supervised requirements.
The Chester County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday the cause of death for both men is blunt force trauma and thermal trauma.
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