Drunk-to-keep-warm defense works for DWI suspect
Says he was not intoxicated while driving, but that he was by the time emergency workers arrived more than two hours later
JACKSON, Mo. — A southeast Missouri man has been acquitted of drunk driving after claiming that he consumed alcohol to keep warm after — but not before — he lost control of his vehicle on an icy road.
Thomas Drummond of Jackson told a court that he had been driving home after a night out with friends last February when his vehicle veered off the slick highway and into a culvert. Drummond says he was not intoxicated while driving, but that he was by the time emergency workers arrived more than two hours later.
The Southeast Missourian reports a jury acquitted Drummond last week.
Defense attorney Stephen Wilson says it was a set of facts you don't see every day.
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