Coffee, Cars and Cops

If you are one of the many who stayed up last night to ring in the New Year then you might be grabbing for extra coffee this morning. Before you drink too much, we thought we would bring this case to your attention.  Here in my lovely home state of California, a man named Joseph Schwab has been charged with driving under the influence of a drug.  The drug being none other than caffeine, yes caffeine.

You can read the details of the case in the article written by attorney, Steve Lehto who specializes in Lemon Law, here. Mr. Schwab’s case has been going on since August 5, 2015, when he was pulled over by a California alcoholic beverage control agent in an unmarked car. The agent claimed Schwab’s driving indicated he was under the influence of something.

I can recall a similar situation, where an acquaintance of mine with a commercial driver’s license was being detained at the scales in California and determined to be “under the influence”.  At the time the driver had taken large amounts of “No-Doz” to stay awake.  Much like Mr. Schwab’s case, it took an actual blood test to determine what the truck driver was on since a breathalyzer and other tests came up negative.  That case, back in the early ‘90’s ended up being dismissed.