Drinking while driving could get you in trouble, even if what you are drinking is coffee. According to Fox 9, Lindsey Krieger was pulled over in Minnesota on Monday morning after a police officer "saw her take a sip of coffee" while driving on the highway. Krieger claims she was on the ramp to the highway, getting ready to merge, when the officer "tailed her and threw on the squad [car's] lights." She explains, "I didn't even have enough time to merge... so I wasn't speeding yet or anything."
"It's against the law to drink coffee while you are driving."
The officer allegedly told the St. Paul resident: "Do you know what you were doing wrong? Do you know why you were pulled over?" Krieger says after asking the officer what she did wrong several times, the officer finally told her: "Drinking coffee. It's against the law to drink coffee while you are driving." Sergeant Mike Ernster of the St. Paul police department tells the news station that he couldn't comment on the case specifically but that the "cop has the law on her side": "Inattentive driving relates to anything that takes your attention away from those obligations of every driver, which is to pay attention."
Krieger, however, is quite upset over the incident. KVRR writes that she is "dumbfounded" and thinks the stop was a "complete waste of taxpayer dollars." While she was only given a warning for drinking coffee behind the wheel, she was given a ticket for driving with no seat belt, something Krieger says she took off when she was pulled over. Krieger plans on "contesting the ticket in court," and continuing to drink coffee behind the wheel.
At least Krieger was not driving while drinking alcohol. Last year, a man was pulled over in Wisconsin for "erratic" and drunk driving. However, the driver refused to admit that he had been drinking and instead blamed his drunken state on beer-battered fish he had just eaten at a fish fry. Watch the local news story below:
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