The Hypoglycemic DUI


Hypoglycemia is a medical condition that occurs when a person’s blood sugar, otherwise known as glucose, is too low. This condition is often associated with diabetes, but may afflict people who are not diabetic. Point being, that many people suffer for hypoglycemia. Those afflicted often display double vision, blurry vision, nervousness, poor balance, disorientation, tiredness, and weakness, amongst others. Do these symptoms sound familiar? They should. They’re often the symptoms law enforcement cite to support a finding of probable cause for a DUI suspect.

The officer now has the hypoglycemic get out of the vehicle to conduct field sobriety tests. How well is the hypoglycemic going to do on the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg stand test? He or she is probably not going to perform all that well since they’re suffering from blurry vision, poor balance, and weakness.

So now the officer asks if they would submit to a breathalyzer. And why wouldn’t they? They’ve had nothing alcoholic to drink. Unbeknownst to both the officer and the hypoglycemic is that alcohol is produced in the hypoglycemic’s breath due to the hypoglycemia. Ketones are produced in the body when blood sugar is low. Ketones that cannot be used in the body turn to isopropyl alcohol that is excreted by breath and urine. Unfortunately, the breathalyzer is unable to distinguish between the isopropyl alcohol and the ethanol alcohol found in your favorite cocktail. The breathalyzer has just given a erroneously high blood alcohol content reading.

Voila, you have the hypoglycemic DUI without a drop of alcohol.

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2 Responses to The Hypoglycemic DUI

  1. So confused about police says:

    I have hypoglycemia and lost consciousness while driving on my way home. I was five driveways from my own house and hit my neighbors big steel frame mailbox and my car was stuck on it. When I came to, I couldn’t move my car and a neighbor called the police and said “she must be drunk or something” I am a 100% disabled combat veteran and suffer from ptsd and prescribed antidepressants which I do not abuse in any way. This is the third time my sugar has dropped dangerously low, but the first while driving. I blew a 0.0% on the official breathalyzer and my urinalysis was negative as well of all drugs and alcohol. I was still charged with dui and the blood test which did show my prescriptions was still below what I take will be used for this charge and the observation of the officer who claims he smelled a strong Oder of alcohol, how he smelled alcohol when the blood test revealed there was 0 none there, they were desperate for a charge to stick. Of course there is the field sobriety test that I continued to insist that my documented physical disability and condition prevented me from being able to complete and cries for medical attention were laughed at, I was psychologically forced into an hour plus of complete physical pain trying to perform them and naturally failing miserably. At the scene of the accident, I was placed in handcuffs behind my back after pleading for front cuffing due to a shoulder injury that I had surgery on twice kept me from being able to put my arms behind my back with out further injuries was totally ignored and now I have a re broken shoulder because the petical screw came out of place as I was cuffed and placed in the back seat of the cruiser behind the driver seat that was all the way back leaving me no room for my legs, I sat there for about 3 plus hours. I’ve had four back surgeries and one on my neck and two on my shoulder from the injuries I received while on active duty serving as a Military Police in combat and in patrol and investigation positions. My injuries are major and I even use a cane because my nerve damage is severe and debilitating, but none of that mattered much to the officers. I was completely numb sitting there cuffed and confused because of my sugar level and I couldn’t stand when he pulled me out to move me to another patrol car and that too was used against me. Eventually I was thrown into a solid concrete cell with nothing but concrete to lay or sit on and completely ignored for 19 hours while my blood sugar was low. I was not given food only the water fountain above the uranyl of my cell. I cried out for help but no one ever answered. I could barely move upon my release and my legs and arms were so swollen that I just wanted to curl up and cry when I finally got home. My ptsd state of mind was thrown into overdrive and I didn’t leave my house for three months. Moral of this story is, hypoglycemia can result into a dui charge and way so much more and when you have other existing disabilities it can push you even further into injuries. I haven’t had my hearing yet, but after that experience my faith in the justice system is zero. They were so determined to get me on this charge that it was shocking to say the least, but even all of this is not even the worst part. Just shortly after I was released, I found out that I was followed by a neighbor only two houses from my own on the day of the accident and she made a sworn witness statement that she was driving behind me before I ran into the mailbox and she said she witnessed me passed out in my car on the railroad tracks for exactly 8-9 minutes and waited to see what I would do next, which was the mailbox. She was the one who called police and said a drunk has hit a mailbox please send the police. She is new in my neighborhood and we don’t know each other, but a neighbor two houses down and she left me on railroad tracks for almost 10 minutes and did nothing to help me, nothing. I could have died, but more importantly, this accident could have been prevented. I’m still facing charges

  2. So confused about police says:

    I meant that I’ve had 8 back surgeries not 4

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