Drink driver accused of swallowing breathalyzer to avoid arrest

An Orewa man who was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol last night found a rather original way to beat the breathalyzer: he swallowed it!

According to the Orewa Police, 31-year James Bryant was pulled up around midnight while he was driving his sisters 2009 Mazda Axela.

The officers reported he had been driving erratically and suspected him of being under the influence of alcohol and nitrous oxide.

During a press conference this morning, Orewa police spokesman Calvin Williams described the unusual scene that took place when Mr Bryant was asked to use the breathalyzer.

“The accused pretended he was going to breathe in it, but then he grabbed it, put it in his mouth and swallowed it whole.”

According to Mr Williams, the 31-year old professional cream whipper ate the device on purpose to avoid being accused of DIC.

“As soon as he swallowed it, he started taunting the officers. He kept repeating he was invincible and that they couldn’t accuse him of anything.”

Unfortunately for him, Mr Bryant’s plan didn’t go quite as planned and he was immediately arrested.

A blood test was finally done at the police station and revealed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.46%, more than five times the allowed limit.

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The Orewa Police chief warned that eating or destroying a breathalyzer is a crime in New Zealand and shouldn’t be attempted.

James Bryant now faces a total of nine criminal charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to take a preliminary breath test and hindering police officers in the execution of their duties.

The 31-year old has already been convicted twice for DIC in 2004 and 2013 and had only recently recovered the right to drive.

If found guilty on all charges, he could spend up to five years in jail and have his driver’s license revoked for ten years.

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