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Was it the smell of skunk or alcohol? Man faces DUI in Waynesboro

How keen is the human sense of smell? Sunday afternoon, law enforcement approached a car in the Plaza Azteca parking lot in Waynesboro, Virginia. The driver reportedly had pulled into the lot after being in a fender bender on Interstate 64.

A witness claims the man had struck a guardrail and continued driving. The witness alerted law enforcement that the car was moving erratically after the alleged fender bender. The witness reportedly followed the car to the parking lot.

That is when law enforcement entered the story. Police claim that a plastic bag was hanging from the rear windshield wiper of the parked car. The wiper was activated, though the officer says it was not raining. The officer approached the vehicle and claims to have smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the driver. At the same time, according to Waynesboro Police, the officer smelled the pungent odor of skunk.

Apparently based upon the smell of alcohol, the officer asked the driver to step out and perform field sobriety tests. The driver was ultimately arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

During the encounter, the officer apparently was curious about that bag attached to the rear windshield wiper, as the blades moved side to side. That is when the officer claims to have learned the source of the pungent odor of skunk.

The officer says that the driver explained that he had killed a skunk. The man reportedly said that he was looking for a place to dispose of the animal when he encountered the officer.

Officials claim the driver measured 0.15 percent alcohol level and was booked at Middle River Regional Jail on suspicion of DUI.

Source: WHSV 3, "DUI Arrest Involves 40-Year-Old and Dead Skunk," Nov. 13, 2012

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