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Beware, coffee can get you a DUI in California!

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Beware, coffee can get you a DUI in California!

Post  Lamplighter on Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:00 am

Apparently driving while caffeinated is now a crime.

If you picked up a coffee this morning on your way to work you were driving in the same condition that Joseph Schwab was when he was pulled over and arrested for “driving under the influence.” Schwab, a California man who was pulled over by an agent of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control department, is now fighting back.

Schwab was initially placed in custody after the Alcoholic Beverage Control agent claimed he was driving erratically. The 36-year-old blew a 0.00% on a breathalyzer but was taken to the country jail anyway. There he had his blood drawn, but that test came up negative for every illicit drug on the list as well as alcohol. Not satisfied that Schwab had already passed both tests, law enforcement sent his blood off to a lab in Pennsylvania for another scan. That test showed that the only thing in Schwab’s veins other than blood was caffeine.

Despite all of this, Schwab was eventually charged — a full 10 months after he was initially pulled over and arrested — with a DUI. Now, Schwab’s lawyer, Stacey Barrett, is demanding that the case be thrown out. If the court decides to proceed, Schwab wants to see how a jury feels about the whole situation.

The chief deputy district attorney for the county said the DUI charge was not due to the caffeine in his system, but as every other test has shown that Schwab was clean as a whistle, his lawyer insists that’s all it possibly could be. The deputy noted that the office was “conducting further investigation,” though failed to explain what that actually means.

It’s hard to tell how this one will pan out, but if Schwab gets pinned with a DUI charge for having his morning coffee, you better hide those Starbucks receipts the next time you get pulled over.

http://bgr.com/2016/12/27/is-caffeine-a-drug-nope-probably-not/

I'm never gonna visit California again, I am a totally "hooked on coffee, strong and very black, kind of guy"! LL rofl rofl rofl rofl

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Post  bb1 on Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:23 am

It's California, LL - Governor Moonbeam is also obsessed with flatulent cows as a cause of global warming. I don't think California is really part of the US any more......

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Post  Lamplighter on Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:35 am

I lived in California for 3 years so I know exactly how cuckoo the inhabitants are!! But I still enjoyed my time there! LL hug
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Post  lily on Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:37 pm

Oy, LL.  Do you also mean me?  Crying or Very sad

Admittedly I no longer live there but I lived there for a few decades.
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Post  Lamplighter on Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:53 pm

lily wrote:Oy, LL.  Do you also mean me?  Crying or Very sad

Admittedly I no longer live there but I lived there for a few decades.
Yep, cos the lovely thing about Californians is what you see is exactly what you get. You have to be slightly nutty to live there, but as everyone else is the same, one feels totally at home. And there's the sun, the sea, Seafood Broiler, Santa Monica Pier etc etc etc. LL hug hug
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Post  lily on Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:19 pm

Oh.....I am very nutty LL.  Trust me on that.  roflroflroflrofl
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