The human body works in mysterious ways. Often, a person's body can respond to certain conditions -- such as high blood sugar -- in a manner that is unexpected. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri claims that behaviors police interpreted as being alcohol-related were actually caused by his high blood sugar. However, he now faces accusations of drunk driving.
The incident that led to his arrest happened just before midnight on a day in late March. A police officer claims he observed a vehicle in a turn lane that sat through several light cycles without moving. When he approached the car, he alleges that he found a 47-year-old man asleep in the driver's seat.
Reports indicate that the man's blood alcohol content was .119 according to a Breathalyzer. However, he claims that he is a diabetic and was experiencing extremely high blood sugar. He is said to have insisted that he go to the hospital where his condition was confirmed, and he was admitted for treatment.
When an incident happens at a certain time of day, such as late at night or during the early morning hours, it is often easy for Missouri law enforcement officials to make assumptions about the cause of the behavior. Unfortunately, there are often several factors that can influence a situation. As a result, a person accused of drunk driving or other criminal accusations is presumed innocent unless sufficient evidence is provided in court to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney with experience with such cases can help a defendant understand his or her choices and decide whether to fight the charges in court or accept a plea deal, if offered.
Source: columbiatribune.com, "Second Ward candidate cited for DUI", Michael Maresh, March 28, 2018