A district attorney’s office in New York are seeking to overturn a ruling in which a woman had a drink driving charge overturned because of a rare medical condition in which her body is essentially a brewery.
Hamburg Town Police arrested the 35-year-old woman last year, and her blood alcohol content at 0.33 percent, more than four times higher than the state of New York's legal limit.
However, a town judge this month dismissed the aggravated driving while intoxicated charge, after hearing medical evidence that the woman suffers from a rare intestinal disorder called "Auto-Brewery Syndrome" that sometimes turns ordinary food and beverages into alcohol in a person's body, Buffalo News reports.
This means her digestive system has so much yeast that it functions like a brewery, and is also known as gut fermentation syndrome.
Defence attorney Joseph J. Marusak said "she can register a blood alcohol content that would have you or I falling down drunk, but she can function".
He described the case as "bizarre and unusual – one of the strangest cases I've ever been involved with in more than 30 years as a lawyer".
The woman admits to having three alcoholic beverages earlier in the day, but not nearly enough booze to produce such a high blood alcohol reading, according to the Buffalo News.