Connecticut police arrested a 50-year-old woman last week when she appeared to be under the influence of vanilla extract. Her breath smelled like vanilla, according to the police report, and there were several empty bottles in the car.
While the common baking ingredient isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to booze, the Food and Drug Administration mandates that vanilla extract must contain at least 35 percent alcohol. That makes the sweet substance equivalent to Southern Comfort.
Connecticut police were called to the scene because a passerby reported the woman sitting behind the wheel of the car with her eyes closed. Police reported that her speech was slurred and she failed to pass a sobriety test.
She was later released on a promise to return to court, according to the Associated Press.