Drink-driver downs hand sanitiser in an attempt to trick breathalyser — forgetting it contains alcohol
By Liam O’Dell
December 19, 2021
An East Yorkshire woman tried an unusual tactic to cheat a breath test in April this year, by swigging some hand sanitiser which, obviously, contained alcohol.
Police found Sophie Nutter in a Suzuki Swift with four flat tyres and a smashed windscreen after she was seen “swerving violently” across a road in Beverley. Blood was discovered on the rear door of the vehicle and on one of the front headlights.
It was as officers approached the 29-year-old that she decided to chug the antibacterial drink. She refused two times to provide a breath sample, before a reading came back showing she had 52mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
For those unaware of the legal measurements, that’s a fair way off the legal limit of 35mcg.