While the results of Breathalyzer tests are not always completely reliable, it is often safe to say that the results typically somewhat reflect the blood alcohol content (BAC) level of the individual in question. However, what happens when the food you eat tricks the breath test into thinking you’ve had too much to drink?
Two recent DUI cases in Texas and Ohio detail exactly this. Some diets, including the popular keto diet, can translate into a false Breathalyzer result. Similarly, medical conditions like the rare auto-brewery syndrome can even turn carbohydrates into alcohol. While both scenarios are admittedly uncommon, what happens when you find yourself pulled over by New Jersey police yet possibly without even a drop of alcohol in your system?