The driver reached into the center console of the vehicle for a tin of Altoids Mints and then put a mint in her mouth.
SOLON -- A Brecksville woman may have tried to mask the alcohol on her breath with the "curiously strong Altoids" but police here weren't fooled.
About 12:30 a.m. June 13, an officer on routine patrol saw a silver Cadillac eastbound on Solon Road and stopped at the green light at SOM Center Road.
The officer, who was behind the vehicle, sounded his horn several times but the driver seemed confused about what to do.
The driver then proceeded forward and committed several traffic violations before the officer initiated a traffic stop, according to police.
The officer saw the driver, Rosemary Capone, 51, of Brecksville, reach into the center console of the vehicle for a tin of Altoids Mints and then put a mint in her mouth.
The officer stated that he detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and her eyes were bloodshot in color.
She failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for OVI.
She was taken to the Solon Jail where she refused to submit to a breath test.
She was charged with OVI, impeding the flow of traffic and disobeying a traffic control device.