Alleged Drunk Driver Tried to Eat Breathalyzer Results

A Connecticut man is facing multiple charges after he was pulled over for speeding. Police suspected that he was intoxicated and administered a breathalyzer test, the results of which the man promptly attempted to eat.

According to The Post-Standard, the suspect has been identified by New York State Police as 40-year-old Kenneth Desormes of Greenwich, Connecticut. He was driving in Interstate 95 in NY’s West Chester County at around 5:30 am, when he was pulled over for speeding.

When it was suspected that he had been drinking, Desormes was arrested and brought to the New York State Police barracks. There, the arresting officer gave him a breathalyzer test, which calculates blood alcohol content (BAC). Driving under the influence (DUI) charges can stem from operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more.

According to Times Union, while the results of the test were printing, Desormes allegedly grabbed the paperwork from the printer, put it in his mouth, and tried to eat it. His attempts were in vain, as the results — which read that his BAC was .13 — were recovered.

According to The Post-Standard, Desormes was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and third-degree criminal tampering.

“Anyone suspected of DUI should simply keep their mouth shut, this avoids allegations of eating breathalyzer test results,” says George Gedulin, Attorney at Law, Gedulin & Greany Criminal Defense Attorneys. “If you have to say something, say that you understand that the officer is doing his job but that you would like to go home.”

DUI offenders typically face court fees, fines, license revocation, and even jail time. After fees, fines, and representation, getting a DUI in the United States costs, on average, $10,000 per offender, but Desormes faces much stiffer penalties given his added charges.

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