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.