An officer stopped the man’s car at about 4:45 a.m. after it made an erratic turn from East Broad Street to North Thomas Street, and the officer used a hand-held breathalyzer to determine he had a blood-alcohol level of .170 percent, police said.
The man pretended to blow into another alcohol-sensing device at the police station, then pretended some more after he was allowed to use the restroom, according to police.
The officer noticed something in the man’s mouth as he pretended to blow into the alcohol sensor — a penny that the man swallowed when he was told to spit it out, police said.
The drunken driver had tried “the myth that a penny is supposed to throw off the machine,” according to the officer’s report.
The motorist, who claimed he had not been drinking and his hand slipped from the steering wheel when turning, was charged with DUI and improper driving