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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 11, March 14, 2010, Article 24

MAN CAUGHT SUCKING COINS TO BEAT BREATHALYSER TEST

We've reported on this myth before, but some people didn't get the memo, including this former Rugby star and practicing surgeon who put coins in his mouth in an attempt to lower his score on a breathalyser test after being pulled over by police following an afternoon drinking session. -Editor

WELSH rugby legend JPR Williams sucked pennies in a police car in an attempt to cheat a drink-driver charge, a court heard today.

Former British Lions and Wales star JPR - a qualified surgeon - popped three pennies into his mouth when he was in the back of a patrol car.

The court heard he believed a "myth" that the copper in the pennies would lower the alcohol reading in a breathalyser test.

But police told him to stop sucking the coins - and he was yesterday banned from driving for 17 months.

Prosecutor Hannah Norton said: "While in the police car, Mr Williams had to be instructed twice to remove items from his mouth, those being three one penny coins.

Prosecutor Hannah Norton said: "While in the police car, Mr Williams had to be instructed twice to remove items from his mouth, those being three one penny coins.

"There is a myth that the copper from these coins can interfere with the breathalyser machine."

After the case, a spokesman for breath test makers AlcoDigital said: "This is a complete myth that sucking coins can affect a reading. These machines are pretty much fool-proof - sucking a copper coin will make no difference."

To read the complete article, see: Wales rugby legend JPR Williams sucked coins to try to beat alcohol breath test (www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/southwalesnews/Wales-rugby-legend
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Wayne Homren, Editor

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