Four Loko was nothing to fool around with back in the day. Syrupy, sure, but stuffed to the brim with enough caffeine and booze to get you drunk and wide awake and ready for some more caffeine and booze later on. It was dangerous enough that Ohio and the government went after its manufacturer to reformulate the devilish concoction without the caffeine so, ya know, it wasn't so dangerous.
Though the caffeinated version hasn't been on shelves in some time, Four Loko Version 1.0 is still in the news. Evidence: this central Ohio gentleman who's suing Four Loko's maker because there was this one time September 2010 that he got Loko'd enough to walk into traffic. He was hit by a car, and it was serious.
Whaley was flown to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Witnesses said he was hit so hard that he flipped several times and was launched nearly 10 feet into the air. His shoe was found on top of a building 100 feet away.
His blood-alcohol level at the hospital was 0.198 percent, according to the State Highway Patrol report. In Ohio, a person is presumed intoxicated for operating a motor vehicle at 0.08 percent.
“The amount of alcohol he consumed should have caused him to lose consciousness,” the lawsuit alleges. “However, due to Four Loko’s high caffeine amount ... he remained awake and in an agitated and irrational state.”
Four Loko's parent company said it doesn't comment on active litigation. They also have been awake and drunk for four days and would like a second to collect their thoughts.