The incident occurred in Reana del Rojale, a small town in Udine in North East Italy, when a police patrol car stopped the driver, who has been named as Roberto Domini, 49, for a routine check.
According to the daily newspaper, Il Messaggero, it soon became apparent he had been drinking, and so he was asked to take a test to determine the level of alcohol in his system.
Following two tests, which both resulted in a positive result, it seems that Domini panicked. He reportedly asked to look at the results, took them from the officer's hand, causing a minor injury, tore up the papers and ate them – presumably hoping to destroy the evidence.
Domini has been arrested for resistance to a public official, and was also the charged for driving while drunk.