The Nanaimo RCMP want you to know that eating a sandwich cannot make you intoxicated. If that sounds like a pretty silly public service announcement, you’ve probably never been stopped by police for suspected drunk driving in BC and tried to blame your sandwich for how drunk you were.
That’s exactly what one woman did in Nanaimo recently. On January 25th at 9:30 in the morning, a RCMP officer stopped a vehicle after receiving a call about a suspected impaired driver. When he began questioning the woman behind the wheel about whether or not she’d be drinking, she said she hadn’t had any alcohol for 2 months and that it must have been the sandwich she was currently eating.
When the officer inquired as to how much the sandwich had to drink, the woman stopped talking. She was asked to take the breathalyzer, and when she did she received a fail. When you fail a breathalyzer due to drunk driving in BC, you receive an Immediate Roadside Prohibition, and that means your vehicle is impounded for 30 days and you lose your driver’s license for 90 days.
The Nanaimo RCMP stated after that it was one of the most creative excuses they had ever recorded, but Abbotsford RCMP have a few of their own to share in the past. They’ve tweeted out the most creative drunk driving excuses they’ve heard and one of them includes settling an impaired driving charge with a pinky swear.
The RCMP in BC are trained to detect signs of impairment, so an attempt to act sober, fib your way out of it, or blame it on your sandwich won’t fly with them. Instead of having to come up with unique excuses every time you decide to drink and get behind the wheel, why not just skip the drinking and driving and get a safe ride home.