Every day, in our lives, we encounter lies, inaccuracies, and myths. Part of the responsibility of being an adult is being able to recognize the truth among all bits of information that fall short. However, inevitably, there will come a time when our censoring falls short. This is even more common in youth and one young man’s belief in a major myth brought a courtroom to laughter recently.
The eighteen-year-old man was picked up by Stettler police in Alberta, Canada when stopped on the roads. He had attempted to run from the vehicle after being pulled over. Police claimed that his car swerved all over the road, giving them reason to pull him over and subsequently chase him down. He was immediately tossed in the back of the car and escorted to the jailhouse. It was during that short ride that the young man did something totally unexpected.
Knowing that he would be forced to take a breathalyzer test when arriving at the station, David Zurfluh acted quickly and attempted to minimize the alcohol in his system. How would one do that in the back of a police car? This teenager thought it best to eat the cotton underwear that he was donning that day.
Zurfluh claimed that he thought the cotton would absorb some of the alcohol that he consumed that evening. Though Zurfluh was acquitted, he would not live down his day in court, where the courtroom burst into laughter upon testimony of the man’s actions in the back of the squad car.
This was not the smartest way to beat the breathalyzer test. The only way that you can be sure to blow an alcohol level under the legal limit is to refrain from drinking when you are going to be driving. Zurfluh got lucky but his name will long be tied to courtroom humor in his area. Don’t be foolish and fall for the myths around this topic. Be smart and get the help of an attorney if you do find yourself in trouble with the law.