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Cologne Mouth Wash Doesn’t Prevent OMVI Charge

Officers with the Boston Police Department arrested a man from North Attleboro in Dorchester over the weekend and are charging him with drunk driving. You’ll never believe it, but the man allegedly sprayed cologne in his mouth as he was being pulled over. Officers believe he did it to cover the smell of the alcohol that was on his breath.
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It all happened when the reportedly intoxicated driver ran into a parked dump truck, belonging to Boston Water and Sewer, just before 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Belden and Dudley streets. The driver of the dump truck got out of his vehicle and approached the other vehicle to get the driver’s information to file a report. He didn’t get much accomplished considering the intoxicated driver fell asleep in the middle of their conversation. At one point in the mix, the driver attempted to flee the scene but wasn’t able to because his vehicle was damaged so badly.

Our Dorchester drunk driving accident attorneys understand that the driver of the dump truck told officers, once they arrived on scene, that the alleged drunk driver sprayed his cologne into his mouth. Boston Police Officers saw him do it a second time and saw him spray it all over his body. According to accident reports, the man was not able to balance himself, his breath wreaked of alcohol and he had bloodshot eyes. They arrested the driver and have charged him with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to The Boston Globe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 110 annual incidents of residents drinking and driving. That’s right. Adults get behind the wheel that many times a year, and most of them are never busted.

“The four million adults who drink and drive each year put everyone on the road at risk,” said Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director with the CDC.

Each and every year, there are more than 10,000 people who are killed in these completely preventable car accident.

According to the most recent study from the CDC, men are more likely than women to get behind the wheel intoxicated — more than 80 percent more likely as a matter of fact.

The young the driver is the more likely they are to get into one of these accidents. Young men, those between the ages of 21 and 34, only accounted for about 10 percent of the nation’s population, but they accounted for more than 30 percent of all of the drinking and driving episodes in 2010.

Drinking and driving is no joke! As we round out the rest of 2012, these incidents are only expected to get more common, with the winter travel season and with the holiday season. Make sure you’re on your best behavior behind the wheel, you’re sober and you’re not spraying cologne in your mouth. Safe driving habits mean a safe trip and one trip less to the hospital.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a drunk driving car crash, call the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-888-367-2900.

Additional Resources:

Suspected drunk driver in Boston sprays cologne in his mouth after hitting dump truck, police say, by Jaclyn Reiss, The Boston Globe
More Blog Entries:

Driver Faces 5th Drunk Driving Charge after Fatal Berkshire Accident, Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Blog, October 15, 2012

Massachusetts DUI Accidents: Little Stopping Repeat Offenders, Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Blog, October 6, 2012