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MA state senator blames toothpaste for failed sobriety test

MEDFORD, MA (AP) - A Massachusetts state senator who blamed his toothpaste for failing an alcohol screening has been ordered to jail for a year for violating his probation in a hit-and-run accident.

Cambridge Democrat Anthony Galluccio pleaded guilty last month to leaving the scene of an accident that caused minor injuries to two people.

As part of his probation, he was ordered to abstain from alcohol and to submit to random testing. On Dec. 21, he tested positive for alcohol.

Galluccio testified Monday that he had showered and brushed his teeth twice before the testing, but had not ingested any alcohol. He claims the positive readings were the result of toothpastes that contain sorbitol, a sugar alcohol and artificial sweetener.

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