Drunk car driver goes free: his body produces alcohol itself

A 34-year-old man from Huissen has been acquitted of driving under the influence of alcohol. He appears to have the rare ‘car-brewing syndrome, which converts sugar in his body into alcohol.

The man caused an accident in his hometown last November. He ended up on the wrong side of the road and hit two oncoming vehicles. The oncoming vehicles only sustained tin damage, he himself was injured.

A check revealed that the Huissenaar had a blood alcohol level of 2.34, almost five times the maximum permitted amount. However, the man said not to have drunk.

Examination in hospital

After the accident, he was examined in hospital, where experts found that he suffers from car-brewing syndrome. The Public Prosecutor therefore already demanded an acquittal in the case.

The police judge goes along with this, reports Omroep Gelderland. The judge cannot rule out the possibility that his condition caused the high alcohol content.