Diabetes is a highly prevalent condition among Americans. A diabetic who begins experiencing low blood glucose levels while driving runs the risk of being stopped and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The most common symptoms of low blood sugar include diminished coordination, distorted vision and confusion, all of which can create the impression of drunkenness. These symptoms make it difficult to pass the typical field sobriety test as well, leading to the administration of a breathalyzer. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can also cause symptoms such as drowsiness and dizziness. It can also lead to false positives on the breathalyzer test.
Soon, residents throughout Southeast Pennsylvania will ring in the unofficial start of summer and gather with family and friends to celebrate Memorial Day. Often, people like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two at backyard barbeques and gatherings and many also drive home afterwards.
A Pennsylvania mother is asking a judge -- through her defense counsel -- to throw out various pieces of contested evidence in the case that is being presented against her. She is facing DUI charges as well as child endangerment allegations after she allegedly attempted to drive with her son while under the influence. The alleged incident occurred last Halloween when she took her son out to trick-or-treat.