Macedon Police Department
January 14, 2015 01:25 PM

We all have our vices.

A woman was charged with felony DWI in upstate New York after she was found driving around a Walmart parking lot on Jan. 5.

The cause? Pure vanilla extract, WHAM reports.

Carolyn Kesel, 46, had a BAC of .26%, more than three times the legal limit, according to Macedon police. She had reportedly consumed two bottles of vanilla extract, which had a 41 percent alcohol level, putting it on par with vodka.

Kesel told cops that she was lost and could not find her way out of the parking lot, according to the Times of Wayne County.

They arrested her on the spot. Due to a prior DWI conviction stemming from 2006, Kesel was also charged with felony aggravated DWI.

Surprised by Kesel’s choice of beverage? Chris Thomas, a drug counselor with the Wayne County Mental Health Department, told the Times that it’s becoming increasingly common for people, especially teens who aren’t legal drinkers yet, to get drunk on everyday items like vanilla extract.

“Both kids and adults use it,” he said. “It smells like a vanilla drink and no one would know the difference.”

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