‘Jackass’ Star Ryan Dunn Drunk At Time Of Deadly Crash

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit when he and a passenger died in a fiery one-car crash this week, according to a toxicology report.

Dunn’s Porsche may have been traveling as fast as 140 mph in a 55 mph zone when it jumped a guardrail, flew into a wooded ravine, struck a tree and burst into flames, police said.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.196 at the time of the Monday morning crash, according to the toxicology report released Wednesday by West Goshen Township Police. The legal limit for drivers is .08. Dunn’s passenger Zachary Hartwell also died.

Dunn, 34, and Hartwell, 30, had been at a West Chester bar called Barnaby’s of America that evening. Hours before the crash, Dunn tweeted a photo from the bar of the pair and a third man drinking. The photo has since been taken down.

Sgt. William La Torre of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the agency investigated and determined there would be no charges against the bar because Dunn did not appear intoxicated during the time he was served two beers and six shots from bar employees over four hours.

Surveillance video shared with police supported the bar employee’s observations, said Frank Herron, the general manager.

“He spoke clearly. He walked clearly. He came in hop, skip, jumping. He left hop, skip, jumping,” Herron told the AP. “If these results are true, I’m shocked at it. We were very confident that he had not had that much.”

Also, La Torre said, Dunn apparently wasn’t eating as he drank and his final drinks of the night were given to him by fans at a back table. La Torre said most likely these final drinks put him over the edge.

“It’s always a tragedy whenever there’s a preventable crash that takes a life,” La Torre said.

According to court documents, Dunn was charged in April 2005 with driving under the influence after crashing his car in West Whiteland Township, about two miles from Monday’s crash site. The documents show he successfully completed a program designed for first-time nonviolent offenders that allows charges to be dismissed after defendants finish the program.

More court documents showed that Dunn had been cited for speeding several times since 1998.

Dunn appeared on MTV shows “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam” and the three “Jackass” big-screen adaptations. He also was the star of his own MTV show, “Homewrecker,” and just began hosting the show “Proving Ground” on the G4 cable network. G4 said it pulled “Proving Ground” and would decide whether to continue airing it.

Dunn also starred in the yet-to-be-released film “Living Will.” The film’s website describes Dunn’s character as a “party bum slacker (who) returns from the dead as a mischievous and perverted ghost.”

The force of Monday’s crash shattered Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 into several twisted and blackened pieces, leaving the car unrecognizable except for a door that was thrown from the crash. A 100-foot-long tire skid marked where the car left the roadway.

Both Dunn and Hartwell, a production assistant for the second “Jackass” movie, were severely burned. Police said they identified Dunn from his tattoos and hair.

The toxicology report said Dunn did not have “drugs of abuse” in his system. The term encompasses illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, said Chief Deputy Coroner David Garver. The coroner’s office still awaiting results of tests that would indicate the presence of prescription drugs, Garver said.

Dunn was born in Ohio and moved at age 15 to Pennsylvania, where he met fellow “Jackass” cast member Bam Margera on his first day of high school, according to a biography posted on his website.

A viewing was held Wednesday for Dunn at a funeral home in West Chester.

GALLERY: Remembering Ryan Dunn

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • ant z

    Money is the Root of all Evil, if you have it or not.People who have it can’t control it.People that don’t have it will KILL for it. RIP RYAN DUNN and Zachary Hartwell ………….

  • CJ

    OK something is not right and someone is not being honest. First of all, his death is a tragedy, a preventible one. Someone is not being forecoming with all info. they are saying he had 2 beers and 6 shots in a 4 hr period….even if he weighed only 180 pounds (and I think he weighed more than that), his BAC should have only been betwen .10-.11, according to multiple research sites. Someone is not telling the truth

    • Peter

      Plus he may have been drinking before he got there

    • C. Dale

      The article says he recieved a bunch of free drinks and/or shots from fans in the Bar. That alcohol in addition to what he was served by the Bar Tender is what was in his system.

  • Greiving Mom

    Please be respectful. He had an accident. You are being mean on purpose.

    • C. Dale

      Yeah, he accidently got drunk, accidently drove 140mph and accidently killed another person with himself. A lot of accidents in one night.

      Whoops, I just accidently pointed out the FACT that he is to blame for his own death.

  • Peter

    Stupid is as stupid does. Another candidate for a Darwin Award

  • Marty Griffin Ace Reporter

    He ain’t the first drunk to drive off the road and he won’t be the last……party on

  • kate

    Dunn was responsible for getting drunk, for driving the car at 100+ miles an hour and taking another person’s life along with his own. nothing we can say will change the facts and sadly nothing will bring them back. perhaps he would like us to learn from this. in any case, may they rest in peace and their family/friends/coworkers find some peace.

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  • Gene Siskel

    I how Roger Ebert’s face falls off
    See you in hell!

    • Two thumbs down

      I hope his face falls off….sorry satan was distracting me

  • cb

    Maybe something like this would be a wake-up call to bar owners. It amazes me that bouncers have the right to keep someone from entering, bartenders have the right to refuse service or flag someone who’s intoxicated, but no one holds the responsibility of keeping these people from becoming killers behind the wheel.

    • BTNJ

      I love how you are so quick to blame the bar owners. Are bars supposed to take everyone’s keys and give them a sobriety test before leaving? Tell me who will go to the bar that does that and how many bouncers a bar like that will need. And you cannot try to control it by looking at only those who buy drinks, because rounds are constantly bought at bars by one person and distributed out to others. There is no easy answer unfortunately.

      What about personal responsibility? This seems to be a case of a ‘celebrity’ thinking they are invincible and putting himself and a friend in danger. The ultimate blame goes on Dunn and his conscious decision to drink heavily and then drive 140 mph while intoxicated. Nowhere in your comment do you mention that. Come on now, wake up!

      • Todd McDonald

        Save the pottery!

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