A 36-years old gym buff from the United States has been charged with a DUI after an alcohol controlled officer pulled him over for a routine test. The man is said to have been driving erratically.
Joseph Schwab was on his way to his house in Fairfield when he was pulled over by a police officer near the Gold Field Road for a routine alcohol test. The police officer who stopped the man declared that Schwab was driving in an erratically manner, which might have indicated that he was under the influence of alcohol or another substance. The event took place in August 2015.
The man pulled over the car and willfully submitted to the test, as he knew that he had nothing to fear. But to man’s surprise, even after the test came out negative, the police officer arrested him on account of driving under the influence.
Krishna Abrahams, the district attorney representing Solano County, declared that the police officer who arrested Joseph Schwab found a gym bag inside the man’s vehicle, containing what looked like protein powders.
After the man had been taken to the local police department, he was subjected to a blood test to determine if he was driving under the influence of hallucinogenic substances or not. Again, the blood test came out negative. However, the test revealed that the man’s blood contained traces of caffeine, a compound found in most gym powders, and of course, in coffee.
Although the man should be released since caffeine is not an illicit substance, the officers are determined to prosecute the man. Abrahams said that even though the blood test revealed that the man did not consume anything besides caffeine, the man might have taken a drug that cannot be detected by the conventional tox screen.
Stacy Barrett, Joseph Schwab’s attorney, declared that she is baffled by Solano County magistrates’ insistence of charging her client with a DUI even after he passed all the tests. Although the case has no end in sight, Barrett is confident that her client cannot be charged without evidence.
A toxicologist not involved in Schwab’s case declared that caffeine does not impair an individual’s ability to drive a vehicle. In fact, the toxicologist said that caffeine has quite the opposite effect – it sharpens the senses, allowing the driver to be more focused.
We will keep you apprised should there be more developments in this case.
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