If you’re arrested for DUI, you should insist on your right to remain silent and on your right to have an attorney present during questioning. Otherwise, you should cooperate fully with the police and put the job of defending yourself in the hands of an experienced Orange County DWI lawyer. Don’t be like the man in Connecticut last year who tried to eat the printout of his breathalyzer exam. You could be charged with destroying evidence, and you’ll certainly make things worse for yourself.

According to the Huffington Post, “He was trying to wipe away his criminal record.” Police officers in Iowa City, Iowa, said that 39-year-old Ross McDonald tried a different stunt when police stopped him for driving erratically in the early morning hours after Halloween. McDonald was taken into custody. After initially refusing to take a breathalyzer test, he changed his mind after going into a men’s room. That’s where, according to police officers, McDonald tried to eat and swallow toilet paper under the mistaken assumption that it would somehow interfere with the results of a breathalyzer test.

Of course, the ruse didn’t work. McDonald’s blood alcohol level was reportedly 0.165, more than twice the legal limit. As a third-time DWI offender in Iowa, McDonald was charged with felony DUI, and he could serve up to five years in prison. It’s a story that’s repeated again and again. People who are stopped for DWI have tried eating mints, drinking perfume, and even cracking open a beer and guzzling it while being interrogated by the police. If you are stopped while driving because the police believe you are intoxicated, do not try to be clever. It will not help you. Instead, if you are charged with DUI in southern California, rely on an experienced Orange County DWI lawyer to provide the legal advice and representation you need, and make the call as soon after a DUI arrest as possible.