Man caught drinking whilst driving baffled when police breathalyser reads zero
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A man who was pulled over by police and given a breathalyser test after he admitted to drinking and police found an opened bottle of alcohol in his car was stunned to twice get a result of zero.
The driver admitted that he'd been drinking that day, saying he'd had 'two bourbon and cokes' a few hours ago and had a bottle of alcohol in the car with him as well.
He said his last sip from the bottle filled with bourbon and coke had been 'probably about 15 minutes ago', while police discovered that the bottle was half empty too.
The driver, identified as a man named Damian, was given a breathalyser test which left everyone surprised when the result came in.
Caught drink driving and even admitting to drinking in the car, the breathalyser surprisingly came back with a result of zero.
He said he thought drinking while driving wasn't illegal as long as he wasn't over the limit, only to be told that quaffing booze behind the wheel was an offence regardless of whether he blew over the limit.
When he was shown the breathalyser's zero result the driver made no bones about his disbelief, asking officers: "How can that be?"
Police had the guy with alcohol in his car, admitting to drinking while driving and seemingly surprised that he blew zero.
Wondering if it was faulty equipment the officers got another breathalyser to re-do the test but they came back with exactly the same result.
Officers then wondered whether Damian had taken something other than alcohol but they didn't have a drug testing kit, and he was able to walk back and forth in a straight line as well as touch his nose with his finger while his eyes were closed.
Police asked him to pour the bottle's contents away and fined him AUD$330 for drinking while driving but let him go on his way.
How he managed to blow zero on a breathalyser after being caught drink driving and admitting to drinking alcohol in the car is anyone's guess.
People have come up with all sorts of tricks in the hopes of beating the breathalyser, including one person who shoved a bunch of coins into their mouth just before taking the test.
They'd heard that sucking on a copper coin muddled with the breathalyser's results, but it did nothing to help them as they blew over the limit anyway.
Anyway, the moral of the story is to NOT drink and drive, folks.