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NJ Driver Charged With DWI After Drinking 'Catnip Cocktail': Police

The passenger was holding the bottle, which was labeled “not for human consumption,” police said

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    A New Jersey man is facing DWI charges after authorities said he admitted to drinking a bottle of “Catnip Cocktail” before getting behind the wheel.

    Police in Wayne said they made the arrest after stopping a car that was driving erratically and speeding near Route 23 and Packanack Lake Road on Saturday night.

    When officers pulled the vehicle over, officers noticed that its 35-year-old driver had slurred speech and jerky hand movements. That driver told police he was headed to a hospital, and one of the officers responding found that a passenger was holding a bottle labeled “Catnip Cocktail.”

    The driver told police that he made the passenger hold the bottle, which was also marked “not for human consumption” while he was being stopped.

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    He also said he had drank the substance -- which is marketed as a “mood enhancer supplement for cats and dogs” but is sold alongside supplements in online smoke shops -- but wasn’t sure how much he ingested or when.

    The driver was arrested on huffing, DWI and reckless driving-related charges.