• Sweden's news in English

'High tolerance' cited in man's drunk driving win

6 Feb 2013, 10:55

Published: 06 Feb 2013 10:55 GMT+01:00

The man, who works night shifts in Ystad, southern Sweden, told the court he had been drinking heavily on the day he was pulled over by police in November last year, wrote the Skånskan newspaper.

He had downed the contents of six small snapps bottles and a full-strength beer during the day leading up to his shift, but this was nothing unusual, he claimed.

The 61-year-old explained that he drinks every day, even before work, and that the additional 200 millilitres of mulled wine (glögg in Swedish) made no difference to his mental state.

But when he was pulled over, the man had a blood alcohol content of exactly 1.0 promille, five-times over Sweden's legal limit of 0.2 promille and enough to warrant stiffer charges of aggravated drunken driving.

He claimed, however, that he didn't feel under the influence at all while driving to work.

He also blamed the glögg for putting him so far over the limit, but pleaded with the court that he shouldn't be convicted because he thought the traditional Swedish mulled wine he had been drinking was simply an alcohol-free variety.

The court agreed, stating in its ruling that as the man drinks alcohol every day, even before heading to work, he must have a high tolerance for alcohol, Skånskan wrote.

The court therefore threw out the charges altogether and the man was set free.

Story continues below…

The Local/og

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

11:53 February 6, 2013 by StockholmSam
There must be more to this story than meets the eye. If not, then oh my god.
12:16 February 6, 2013 by adshasta
No, I simply don't buy it!
12:17 February 6, 2013 by irridium
I agree with the verdict.

When I drink my mental state does not decrease in the least. If anything it gets better, as long as the concrete that I am walking on is not uneven and there are no sudden shifts to the earth's gravitational pull.....

I think it could be related to the sudden ninja abilities that I possess after a few shots, or even the gift of fluency in languages I didn't know I spoke!
12:18 February 6, 2013 by adshasta
I don't buy it!
12:21 February 6, 2013 by RobinHood
Was the defendant, by any chance, a close relative of the judge?
13:14 February 6, 2013 by StockholmSam
Honest, your honor, I felt fine after drinking a whole bottle of Jack Daniels that I thought was alcohol-free.
14:06 February 6, 2013 by Flutterbye
Reading this article fills me with hope......I thought only the UK had lunatic judges but I now know Sweden has them too.
15:10 February 6, 2013 by Svensksmith
Judging by their sentences, some Swedish judges must have a high tolerance for murder, too.
16:33 February 6, 2013 by jbaggins
Cliff: Well ya see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.

A quote from 'Cheers'
18:43 February 6, 2013 by Snoopy!
Nope only in Sweden the real deal !

18:45 February 6, 2013 by H4mm4r3
I would love to know his name.

For some "unexplainable" reason i do not think it's something like Svensson.
19:01 February 6, 2013 by johan rebel
Good for him!

Ha ha ha ha, Sweden is so funny.
19:52 February 6, 2013 by dizzymoe33
Why bother having laws in Sweden if you can be illegally over the alcohol limit for drinking but still not be held accountable?!! Very frustrating country when it comes to your laws and the enforcement of those laws.

I have a high tolerance to alcohol as well but in my Country if I were to get caught driving while intoxicated I would be arrested and charged with a DWI and fined and have my drivers licensed suspended.
20:59 February 11, 2013 by tadchem
The tolerance of people for alcohol varies from person to person. The tolerance of law for people varies as well. My grandfather would drink 24 bottles of beer (one case) each day - before dinner. After dinner he would drink only his usual fifth of whiskey. He never seemed drunk. He was Irish.

One glass of wine will put my wife out for the night.
Today's headlines
Winter in Sweden
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Sami guide their reindeer in Karesuando. Photo: TT

An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft

2 hours ago

You've seen the city life, Stockholm clubs and Gothenburg streetcars - but there's another side of Sweden, wild and raw. The Local spoke with Peter Siikavuopio, a Swedish trapper living in the far north, about his craft.

Swedish police probe fatal attack in Norrköping
Stock picture of a Swedish police officer. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish police probe fatal attack in Norrköping

2 hours ago

UPDATED: Police have launched a murder investigation after one man died and another was left fighting for his life in hospital on Thursday following a mystery assault in Norrköping in central Sweden.

Refugee crisis
Poll: Swedes get behind stricter asylum rules
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visiting Malmö on Wednesday. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Poll: Swedes get behind stricter asylum rules

2 hours ago

At least seven out of ten Swedes support the government's controversial decision to tighten asylum rules, a new survey has suggested.

What's on in Sweden
Four groovy music gigs in Sweden this week
Rock and blues singer-songwriter Beth Hart. Photo: Therese Jahnson/SvD/TT

Four groovy music gigs in Sweden this week

4 hours ago

We have picked out our four favourite events rocking it this week, alongside our regular interactive guide to everything cool happening in Sweden.

Refugee crisis
Calls for stricter asylum rules after Sweden move
Stefan Löfven visiting border police in Malmö on Wednesday. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Calls for stricter asylum rules after Sweden move

19 hours ago

Sweden's decision to tighten asylum rules and border checks sent shockwaves through the rest of Scandinavia on Wednesday. But some predicted the measures will have little effect.

'Swedes can still hold their heads high'
Police and refugees at a train station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT

'Swedes can still hold their heads high'

21 hours ago

Sweden's decision to cut the number of refugees it accepts doesn't mean the country has shed its humanitarian superpower identity – merely that it could no longer do it all on its own, writes The Local's correspondent Paul Connolly.

'Our story is some kind of Disney fairytale'
The happy couple. Photo: Private

'Our story is some kind of Disney fairytale'

21 hours ago

Josefin Karlsson was so disgusted by the abuse hurled at the young beggar sitting outside her local supermarket in Gothenburg that she resolved to talk to him. The chats went rather better than expected, because in December they get married.

Swedes bite into bizarre Christmas holiday pizza
The Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord pizza. Photo: Private

Swedes bite into bizarre Christmas holiday pizza

22 hours ago

A fast food restaurant in Karlstad is cooking up a storm with a unique Christmas twist combining Swedish favourites such as meatballs and pickled herring with Italian pizza.

Champions League
Zlatan eyes hero's welcome to Malmö
Zlatan Ibrahimovic at a press conference ahead of the match. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Zlatan eyes hero's welcome to Malmö

1 day ago

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is planning a glorious night when he returns to his native city to tackle his first club Malmö FF in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Refugee crisis
Sweden split over move to tighten asylum rules
Refugees arriving in Malmö on Tuesday evening. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden split over move to tighten asylum rules

1 day ago

UPDATED: Public opinion was divided in Sweden after the government announced a shock tightening of asylum rules in a bid to stem the influx of refugees, which could see people turned away at the border.

Sponsored Article
After Paris: 'The war is not only against Isis'
How did this missing Swedish cat turn up in southern France?
Would you eat this Swedish pizza?
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm solved a startup’s housing crisis
Sponsored Article
Swedish researchers find Ice Age 'missing link'
Blog updates

25 November

So What Does An Ambassador Do? (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"I know that my mum is super proud that I’m an Ambassador. But if you asked..." READ »


20 November

Editor’s blog, November 20th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, It has been a long and busy week for The Local as we reported on..." READ »

People-watching: November 25th
Sponsored Article
Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness
What do Swedes want for Christmas?
Sponsored Article
Top five UK weekend getaways from Sweden
GUIDE: How to help refugees if you live in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Beaches, bikes, and buds: studying in Malmö
Mystery ice circle in Swedish river
Sponsored Article
Sweden must combat extremist 'mirage'
IN PICTURES: New royal winter snaps of Sweden's Princess Estelle
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
How to figure out healthcare abroad
Stockholm film festival's top movies
Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: the new epicentre of global leadership
People-watching: November 20th-22nd
Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se
Sponsored Article
‘Food choices in Sweden destroy forests in Asia’
Swedish King calls for bathtub ban
Analysis & Opinion
Why you should care about Sweden raising its terror threat level
Sponsored Article
The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Stockholm's best international bars
Is this the best warning sign ever?
Why are more Swedes getting fat?
Sweden's tribute to Paris victims
What is Sweden's sexiest name?
VIDEO: Madonna's emotional tribute to Paris victims at Stockholm gig
Nine of the merriest Swedish Christmas fairs
Sweden cashes in on new kronor banknotes
How lonely are you in Sweden?
Roaming bear shot dead in Swedish village in Uppsala county
Seven tips for scoring firm friendships in Sweden
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at: