Man Acquitted of Drunken Driving After Claiming He Drank Alcohol to Stay Warm

JACKSON, Missouri -- A man has been acquitted of drunken driving after claiming that he consumed alcohol to keep warm after -- but not before -- he lost control of his vehicle on an icy road.

Thomas Drummond told a court that he had been driving home after a night out with friends last February when his vehicle veered off the slick highway and into a culvert. Drummond says he was not intoxicated while driving, but that he was by the time emergency workers arrived more than two hours later.

The Southeast Missourian reports a jury acquitted Drummond last week.

Defense attorney Stephen Wilson says it was a set of facts you don't see every day.