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03.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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WAS the ICE CREAM SPIKED?

TRUTH IS SOMETIMES STRANGER THAN FICTION. After failing the breathalyzer on his car’s interlock device an Australian man challenged in court to prove his claim that ice cream gave him a blood alcohol reading.  Prosecutors wanted to know why the machine had registered a “fail”, which prevents the car from starting, despite the man’s claims that he had not been drinking.  The man asserted that the alcohol reading was the result of eating a Bubble O’Bill ice cream treat and Magistrate Rod Crisp ordered a test to be performed to substantiate up the claim.  Police recorded the man’s BAC as O.OO and performed the test a second time after he took a few bites of Bubble O’Bill, yielding a O.O18 reading.  Crisp granted the man’s request to remove the breath testing device from his car.  Why the interlock device was on his car in the first place isn’t exactly clear.  Experts said consuming some foods or drinks before breath tests can cause a false positive reading.  It is recommended to wait at least 15 minutes in between eating and blowing into the machine.  Imagine what would have happened if he had had Rum Raisin ice cream.

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