Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker had "a couple beers" 2 1/2 hours before his car crashed and left him partially paralyzed, a friend says.
But the jockey had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent, according to the California Highway Patrol. That is nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Don Pierce, a trainer and former jockey, said he and Shoemaker drank a few beers about 6 p.m. Monday after playing golf at the Sierra La Verne Country Club.
Shoemaker, 59, remained in critical condition after he fractured his neck in the accident. The Ford Bronco he was driving careened over the side of State Route 30 near San Dimas, Calif., and tumbled down a 50-foot embankment.