Sunday, November 26, 2006

DUI driver eats results

A man who was stopped and subjected to a breath test Friday thought he had hit on a way of getting off scot-free; and was duly surprised when police arrested him for eating the piece of paper with his test results.

Hiroki Ito, 28, a plumber from Yokkaichi, is accused of destroying an official document and drunk driving, police announced on Saturday.

He admitted to the allegations during questioning. "I thought I could destroy the evidence by swallowing the paper," he was quoted as telling investigators.

At about 11 p.m. on Friday, he was caught driving his car while intoxicated on a street in Yokkaichi, local police said. While being questioned by police, Ito suddenly tore off a printout of the results from his breathalyzer test and swallowed it. Unfortunately for him, the breathalyzer also recorded the data.

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