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    Drunk-to-keep-warm defense works for Jackson man in DWI trial

    JACKSON, Mo. (AP) A southeast Missouri man has been acquitted of drunk driving after claiming that he drank alcohol to keep warm after but not before driving into a culvert.

    The Southeast Missourian reports a jury acquitted Thomas Drummond of Jackson last week.

    Drunk-to-keep-warm defense works for Jackson man in DWI trial | News-Leader.com | Springfield News-Leader
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    Except alcohol is a depressant, and the feeling of warmth is subjective. In fact, you'll die a LOT quicker of cold-related exposure than without it. Idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 121Traffic View Post
    Except alcohol is a depressant, and the feeling of warmth is subjective. In fact, you'll die a LOT quicker of cold-related exposure than without it. Idiots.

    No kidding, it thins the blood. 12 people to stupid to get out of jury duty, and not smart enough to be stricken by the defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 121Traffic View Post
    Except alcohol is a depressant, and the feeling of warmth is subjective. In fact, you'll die a LOT quicker of cold-related exposure than without it. Idiots.
    Right, the feeling of warmth comes from the fact that blood is caused to rush to the skins surface after drinking, which makes you feel warmer, but actually drops your core temperature. Even just a little bit will do that.
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    Dumb, stupid, etc., BUT it worked.

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    WTF your juries are as stupid as ours if not more so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standard Dave View Post
    WTF your juries are as stupid as ours if not more so.

    No! Our juries got to be the dumbest in the world.

    I mean, why does it take 2-3 yrs for a DUI to come to court and a $4,000 lawyer get them off. The conviction rate down here is only bout 45%, not counting the Guity Pleas.

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    Not a good article. How about some info on what his blood alcohol level was when police arrived? Was there any evidence that the driver was there for less than two hours before police arrived? Was his level rising or falling? On the surface, I'm thinking this isn't as much an argument that drinking to stay warm is a justification, but rather whether or not the drinking took place before or after the accident. It's a dilemma we often run into, having to be able to articulate that the suspect had to already be intoxicated at the time they were operating the vehicle, when we didn't even find the driver until after the fact. If you can't show he was already intoxicated, the case falls apart.
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    In the UK it is called the hip flask defence, there is a count back procedure to try to establish if they were intoxicated before the road traffic incident occured.
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