CHICAGO — A man who registered a dangerously high .464 blood-alcohol content was badly beaten with a 2-by-4 and robbed in Wicker Park Sunday afternoon, leaving him with a fractured spine, police said.
A blood alcohol content of .464 is nearly six times the legal limit to drive — and high enough to be lethal for some people.
Police found out about the attack when workers at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center notified them they had a badly injured man. The 25-year-old was listed in serious but stable condition.
He was beaten at 1:30 p.m. Sunday while he was sitting on the grass in Wicker Park at 1425 N. Damen Ave., police said.
A 25- to 30-year-old man came up to him and started beating him with a 2-by-4, according to Officer Michael Sullivan, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
The attacker fled with the man's turquoise backpack, which contained clothes, books and some cash, police said.
The man had a fractured spine and fractured nose from the beating, and his right eye was swollen shut, according to Sullivan.
The attacker had a shaved head, was 6-foot-1 in and weighed about 185 pounds, police said.