Washer fluid behind drink driving mix-up

Monika Mårtensson cleaned her windscreen with washer fluid. This was enough to put her over the limit of a police breathalyser test.

“I joked to the policeman that I hadn’t drunk alcohol in five years. And what happened? I failed the breath test. I was shocked,” Mårtensson said to local newspaper Falu-Kuriren.

Police suspected however that the reason behind the failed breath test was something other than alcohol. After Mårtensson was given the chance to breathe fresh air for five minutes she passed the test without the meter registering any alcohol content.

“That was a incredible relief. It was quite embarrassing to stand there outside my car for five minutes with police nearby, waiting. People drove past and looked.”

For Kjell Larsson at Dalarna police the find that washer fluid could cause a failed breath test came as a surprise.

“I know that mouth wash has been found to register on the meter. There could well be further reasons,” he said to the newspaper.

The experience turned out well for Mårtensson and she was able to go about her errands.

Police routine after a failed breath test is to take the driver to the station for further tests to ascertain the exact level of blood alcohol content.

The limit for driving in Sweden is a blood alcohol content of 0.02 percent, in comparison with 0.08 percent in the UK and USA, and 0.05 percent across most of the EU.


Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland