California police arrest a man for driving under influence of caffeine
Officers from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reportedly took a man under arrest for driving under the influence of caffeine.
Joseph Schwab was allegedly driving erratically while returning home from office in Solano County. When an agent from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control pulled him over and gave him a breathalyzer test, the result turned up as 0.00 per cent.
In spite of, Schwab was arrested and taken to jail where they decided to conduct a blood test to determine if he was under the influence of anything else. He was not found under the influence of alcohol or any banned substance, but it showed that the man had some caffeine.
Nevertheless, police charged him with DUI, triggering a wave of criticism from many. Stacey Barrett, Schwab’s attorney, also said that he was just as perplexed.
When asked for a comment on the case, Barrett said, “I’ve never seen this before; I’ve never even heard of it. I have not been provided with any evidence to support a theory of prosecution for a substance other than caffeine at this time.”
Schwab grumbled that no officer believed him that he only had caffeine in his system until, lab results showed them. He urged authorities to dismiss all charges filed against him.
No study has thus far suggested that caffeine can impair driving. In fact, caffeine is a drink of choice for many individuals, including police officers, who look for an additional boost of energy during driving.