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Middletown, CT (The Weekly Vice) - Jennifer Wilcox, a 36-year-old Connecticut woman was jailed for drunk driving Monday after she allegedly drank a half-bottle of hand sanitizer.
According to police, an officer had just pulled over another vehicle for a traffic infraction when a vehicle that was driven by Wilcox drove past the officer at a high rate of speed and ultimately lost control of her vehicle.
The officer approached Wilcox and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from her person.
After failing a field sobriety test, Wilcox reportedly admitted to consuming half of a large bottle of hand sanitizer prior to getting behind the wheel.
A typical bottle of hand sanitizer contains about 60% ethyl alcohol (or 120 proof). Drinking half of a large bottle of hand sanitizer would be equivalent to drinking 16 shots of vodka, according to experts.
Poison control centers across the country are reporting a spike in the number of cases that involve teens who drink sanitizer as a means to achieve a cheap buzz.
Mouthwash was abused in a similar manner until companies that manufactured the product lowered the alcohol content to discourage the practice.
A blood alcohol test later revealed that Wilcox was intoxicated at more than twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.
Wilcox was booked into jail and charged with DUI. She was released after posting a $500 bond.
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