Credits: TYLER KULA/QMI AGENCY
That was the story. And the judge wasn't buying it.
Robert D. Bourque, 55, of Sarnia, was convicted of a charge of driving while his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.
Court heard that, last November, police stopped Bourque's vehicle was because the taillights were out.
Breath tests showed Bourque's blood-alcohol level was one and a quarter times the legal limit.
Bourque, who represented himself, testified that the alcohol he had put in his ears increased the breath-test results - though he did admit he drank three beers at a pizza restaurant before being stopped and had one beer earlier in the day.
Justice R.G. Hunter said there was no expert evidence regarding the breath-test machine's accuracy and convicted Bourque.
He was fined $1,000 and given a one-year driving ban.