Final police report says man appeared "inebriated" in Georgia Dome fall death

by: Richard Elliot Updated:

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ATLANTA - The final police report shows a Tennessee man and his friends appeared "inebriated" during a Georgia Dome football game minutes before that man fell 45 feet to his death.

Isaac Grubb, 20, died on Aug. 31 after he fell from the upper deck during the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Classic football game between Tennessee and N.C. State.

An autopsy revealed Grubb had a blood alcohol level of .169-percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Investigators interviewed several witnesses who said they saw Grubb and his friends drinking both before and during the game.

Georgia World Congress Center police also interviewed the two friends who accompanied Grubb to the game.

"They arrived ... and parked in a parking lot," wrote investigators. "They said they tailgated and were drinking alcohol."

Police said Grubb and his friends entered the Georgia Dome and took their seats in the upper deck. Witnesses stated they saw the men continue to drink.

"Additional witnesses in the section with Mr. Grubb and his friends state the young men all appeared to be inebriated," the report said. "One in particular notes he saw all three of the men drinking from two flasks that they had on their person."

Grubb's friends told police what happened next happened very fast.

"When Tennessee scored their second touchdown toward the end of the first quarter, they all jumped up to celebrate. When they turned back around, Mr. Grubb was gone, and they saw him directly below lying on the concrete," the report said.

Grubb landed on Robert Bledsoe of Rock Hill, S.C. The impact knocked Bledsoe unconscious and gave him cuts and bruises, but he survived.

Grubb was taken to Grady hospital but later died of his injuries.

The report also stated that Grady doctors discovered a flask with alcohol still in it among Grubb's personal effects.

Georgia World Congress Center officials, who operate the Georgia Dome, had no comment on the report.



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