Woman who drank hand sanitizer charged with DUI

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A bottle of antibacterial cleanser; a Connecticut woman allegedly told police she drank hand sanitizer before she was arrested for drunk driving.
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(CBS) MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - A Connecticut woman is accused of driving under the influence ... of hand sanitizer. The charge, however, is driving drunk, CBS Connecticut reports.

According to The Middletown Press, police say 36-year-old Jennifer Wilcox drank half a bottle of hand sanitizer and had a blood alcohol level of .17 before almost crashing into another vehicle on Oct. 5.

Wilcox told WTNH-TV that she drank the hand sanitizer of her own free will.

"I just saw it there so I drank it," Wilcox told the station.

WTNH reports that Wilcox drank the equivalent of 32 shots of vodka.

"It's the same alcohol in beer, in wine and Jack Daniels, however, it is more concentrated," Dr. Danyal Ibrahim of St. Francis Hospital told the station.

Officers arrested Wilcox after she allegedly failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with driving under the influence and released on $500 bond.