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Posted: January 01, 2016

Woman beats DUI charge after proving her body is a brewery

By Kaylen Tanner

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Somewhere driving around New York is a woman whose body is a brewery.

A drunk-driving charge against the woman was dismissed by the courts after doctors proved she suffers from a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome,” The Guardian reports.

The woman in question was pulled over in August, 2014, for erratic driving and showed to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.33 percent, which is well over the legal 0.08 percent. She claimed not to have consumed enough alcohol to be drunk and to prove it she started having doctors test her.

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Her lawyer arranged to have two nurses and a physician’s assistant monitor her for a full day and then retest her.

“At the end of the day, she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.36 percent without drinking any alcoholic beverages,” her lawyer said.

She also used a breath test kit that showed every night for over two weeks she had a blood-alcohol level of about 0.20 percent despite not drinking any alcohol.

When the doctors proved her body really does use high-carbohydrate foods to create alcohol, the DUI charges were dismissed this December. She is now free to drive with no restrictions but plans on making some changes to her diet.


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Officer Kevin Millan from the City of Miami Beach police department instructs a woman how to walk the white line during a field sobriety test at a DUI checkpoint December 15, 2006 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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