ALBANY, N.Y. -- Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery.
The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called "auto-brewery syndrome," in which her digestive system converts ordinary food into alcohol, her lawyer Joseph Marusak said in interviews this week.
A town judge in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg dismissed the drunken-driving charges this month after Marusak presented a doctor's research showing the woman had the previously undiagnosed condition in which high levels of yeast in her intestines fermented high-carbohydrate foods into alcohol.
In tests done to prove her case, the woman achieved a blood alcohol level of .36, without consuming any alcohol.
All possible jokes aside, this doesn't sound like a fun way to live.
See "Woman Beats Dui Rap With Claim Her Body Brews Alcohol" for more on this rare, but not unheard of condition.