Police in St Paul, Minnesota, pulled over a woman on Oct. 19 because she was drinking coffee while driving to work.
According to Lindsey Krieger, the police officer who pulled her over said she was breaking the law by drinking coffee while driving, KMSP reported.
Another deputy from the St Paul Police Department confirmed to KMSP that the law was on the officer's said.
“I was completely dumbfounded,” Krieger told KMSP. “I thought it was a joke!”
The incident took place on the I-94 in St Paul.
“I didn’t even have enough time to merge up to the right speed limit yet, so I wasn’t speeding or anything like that,” Krieger said.
“She was like, ‘Do you know what you were doing wrong? Do you know why you were pulled over?’,” Krieger added. “I said, ‘no I have no idea what you’re talking about.‘ And finally after asking me a few more times she says, ‘Drinking coffee. It’s against the law to drink coffee while you’re driving.'"
Although drinking coffee is not an offense under state law, it can be considered inattentive driving, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Inattentive driving relates to anything that takes your attention away from those obligations of every driver, which is to pay attention,” Sgt. Mike Ernster of the St Paul Police Department told KMSP.
Ernster was speaking in general terms and was not the officer involved in Krieger’s case.
The state trooper who stopped Krieger did not cite her for an inattentive driving offense but instead cited her for not wearing a seatbelt.
Krieger said that she only unbuckled her belt after stopping so that she could reach into the glove compartment for her insurance papers. She added that she will challenge the ticket in court.
John Cummings from Minnesotans for Safe Driving wasn’t convinced by the idea that drinking coffee while on the road should be considered an offense.
“Every car you drive in has cup holders in it,” Cummings said. “You don’t have to go three blocks before you see somebody doing something really dangerous. Those are the people we should be focusing on.”