Kelly Moss, a resident of Germantown, Tennessee, is facing DUI charges after drinking more vanilla than she could handle.
CBS News reports that Moss’ car had jumped up over the curb and both of the front wheels were on the curb at a middle school. She narrowly missed hitting a telephone pole.
The police found Moss slumped over the wheel, apparently unable to stand, according to KWGN news. The National Ledger adds that according to a police affidavit, Moss’s speech was also slurred and she refused to comply with field sobriety tests or blood alcohol tests.
But her breath gave Moss away. Police report that she smelled strongly of vanilla. After searching her car they found a receipt for two 8-oz. bottles of the common baking ingredient, reports ABC News.
Vanilla extract is 35 percent alcohol by volume. When doled out by the teaspoon for chocolate chip cookies it’s harmless.
Moss was using slightly more, though she didn’t drink her vanilla straight. She mixed almost an entire bottle of the stuff with Diet Coke first to concoct an atypical cocktail.
According to experts, this is not an uncommon way for alcoholics to “cope” with their alcohol abuse issues.
Sam Palmer, a recovering alcoholic who was at the scene, told ABC News reporters that abusers would try to get their drugs any way they could, including mouthwash, Geritol, and Robitussin.
Drug counselor Carolyn Bryant agreed, “Instead of the drug that may be their drug of choice, that may be they have been arrested for or got in trouble about, they take something that will give them that same effect”. She suggested a 12-step program for Moss, and urged women everywhere to get help if they need it.
If Moss thought drinking vanilla would help her avoid a DUI she was wrong.
This is Moss’s third DUI arrest, and she has been charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test. She will be back in court on August 19 to determine her fate.
Tennessee DUI laws call for up to a year in prison, $10,000 in fines, and the judge may order an ignition interlock device installed at his discretion. She is also subject to vehicle seizure or forfeit, and may have to attend DUI school.
Hopefully, Ms. Moss will get things turned around, and this DUI will be her last. And hopefully, she will stick to the proper use of vanilla from here on out: Dessert.