Experts on detoxification and alcohol detection believe this prominent chef of Rhode Island is even lucky to be alive.

“For the average individual, there is a very severe risk of death when you start to approach a reading of .4,” said James Harasymiw, director of Alcohol Detection Services in Big Bend, Wis. He spoke at a conference in Washington on a new screening designed to detect people who have been drinking heavily over the previous four to six weeks even though they appear to be sober.

“He is in a very small class of people because most people — even heavy drinkers — would be unconscious or approaching death to get up to .5. The danger with this guy is that with that kind of tolerance, you may appear to be fine one moment and unconscious the next.”

In his most recent hearing, Stanley was sentenced to one year probation, a $500 fine, 40 hours of community service, and a one-year suspension of his driver’s license.