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Michigan Politician Blames DUI on Dentures

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Michigan politician was arrested for drunk driving last week. Following a failed Breathalyzer test, the politician says that the failed breath test wasn't due to anything that he drank, instead he blamed the dentures in his mouth, reports WILX 10.

Flint city councilman Eric Mays was pulled over for driving the wrong way on the interstate. After the stop, Mays tested above the legal limit on a Breathalyzer and authorities also say that he had marijuana in his system. However, Mays says that the police had it all wrong and that the charges against him are part of some conspiracy of lies to get him to resign. He reasoned that he must have tested above 0.08 percent blood alcohol level because the dentures he was wearing messed up the readings of the Breathalyzer.

While the politician's excuse may seem far-fetched, the truth is that foreign objects in your mouth like dentures, breath mints, and even acid reflux can throw off the readings of a Breathalyzer. This isn't saying that Mays' defense are true or not true -- just that readers should not automatically assume that the dentures explanation should be ignored.

Contact a King County DUI Defense Attorney

Breathalyzer tests are not one hundred percent accurate. In fact, these breath tests are oftentimes wrong. As a result, if you are charged with drunk driving due to a failed breath test, you should consult with a King County DUI defense attorney to discuss the facts of your case and learn options for your defense. Contact an attorney at Cowan Kirk Gaston Wolff by calling 1-866-822-1230 to learn how we can help you.

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William Kirk, Partner

Bill Kirk has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. Bill is one of only two attorneys in this state to pass the National College's Board Certification Exam.


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