Starting off 2019  STRONG in the weird news category, a 50 year old woman was arrested by officers in New Caanan after she was found asleep at the wheel.

When officers opened the car door, they found  Stefanie Warner-Grise asleep, surrounded by the smell of vanilla.
Officers say they found several bottles of pure vanilla extract inside her vehicle.

They say they detected an odor of vanilla on her breath, her speech was slurred and she was unable to answer basic questions.

Now, if you were wondering “how is this possible? You can fail sobriety tests under the influence of vanilla extract?!” You absolutely can.

According to the Food and Drug Administration regulations, pure vanilla extract must contain 35 percent alcohol that makes it 70 proof.

In most cases the alcohol in vanilla is burned away in the cooking process, but when ingested directly, the effects are similar to drinking hard liquor.

I never thought I would have to say this, but don’t drink straight vanilla extract. Seriously.

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