Prosecutors have dropped a DUI charge against a California man charged last year for driving under the influence of caffeine.
“After further consideration, without a confirmatory test of the specific drug in the defendant’s system that impaired his ability to drive, we do not believe we can prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt,” Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams said last week in one of the most strangely titled press releases you’ll ever see:
PEOPLE V. JOSEPH SCHWAB WAS NEVER ABOUT CAFFEINE
The coffee industry thanks you for that.
As it turns out, prosecutors filed charges against 36-year-old Farfield man Joseph Schwab after the responding officer believed Schwab to be “under the influence of a combination of substances, including a stimulant and a depressant.”
According to the DA’s press release, “The officer’s observations included the defendant’s erratic and reckless driving, his demeanor at the time of the traffic stop, and his performance on a number of field sobriety tests.”
Following the traffic stop, the county DUI unit decided to move forward with the DUI charge, despite the fact that a blood sample sent to a laboratory for standardized substances came back negative for any alcohol or drugs except for caffeine, and despite Schwab’s insistence on his innocence.
“Based upon the lack of drug results, the case did present some challenges,” the DA’s office said.
Yes, Solano County District Attorney’s Office, when you essentially prove a defendant’s innocence through your own investigation, it tends to hurt your case. From an evidential perspective, it’s not that the People v. Joseph Schwab was never about caffeine, it’s that it was only about caffeine, which as of press time is still a legal substance in all of California.