By: Mary Ann Gorman
In Blackpool, a United Kingdom electrician tried unsuccessfully to beat a breathalyzer test with a copper coin in his mouth. Martyn Shepherd, 47, was stopped while driving a Vauxhall Combo van in St. Annes.
According to the police report, Shepherd was not steady on his feet and had a copper coin in his mouth, which some believe will have an adverse influence on a breath test. Shepherd had over 61 micrograms of alcohol in his system, although the legal limit is 35 micrograms.
Shepherd plead guilty to driving with excess alcohol in front of the Blackpool magistrates. He has been restricted from driving for 18 months and fined over 400 pounds.