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Crime & Punishment: State Trooper by day, prostitute by night
Madeline Smith reportedly told the police officer who spotted her driving the wrong way down a Norwalk street that she could not possibly be drunk because she had tested her blood alcohol level on an iPhone app. But the app in question does not actually work as a breathalyzer test, police told the Norwalk Patch website; it is only meant to be used to trick drunk people into thinking it does. The user programs a high "blood alcohol level" into the app beforehand, tells a drunk person to breathe into the phone and then shows him or her the "results" to encouraging him or her not to drive. Smith, 25, had apparently not punched any number into the app before using it, so she thought it had shown her blood alcohol level as zero and hit the road. Police say their more traditional breathalyzer test showed Smith was well above the legal limit.
By Nick Keppler
June 5, 2012