Suspected drunk driver blames sandwich for intoxication during Nanaimo traffic stop

Eating a sandwich cannot make you intoxicated.
Eating a sandwich cannot make you intoxicated. Nanaimo RCMP

A suspected drunk driver said her sandwich must be to blame for her intoxication during a recent traffic stop in Nanaimo.

On Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m., Cpl. Norm Smith of the Nanaimo RCMP followed up on a complaint of a possible impaired driver. He stopped the vehicle to have a conversation with the woman behind the wheel.

Smith asked the driver if she had been drinking, but she said she hasn’t had a drink of alcohol for two months. According to police, she then told Smith it must have been the sandwich she was eating. Smith then asked her how much the sandwich had to drink and the conversation abruptly ended.

The female driver was then asked to provide a breath sample, and she registered a ‘fail’ reading. Her vehicle was then impounded for 30 days and she received a 90-day prohibition from driving.

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Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP said this example is not intended to make light of impaired driving, but it was one of the more “creative” excuses ever provided.

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