Local media reported that Jeff Pearce was convicted of assault in a Perth court after admitting he had deliberately chewed a clove of garlic and then breathed into a policeman's face after being pulled over for a traffic offense.
A section of the local criminal code defines assault as the direct or indirect application of force, including gas or odor, in such a manner as to cause personal discomfort.
[Commercial Appeal, Apr. 21,1997.]
Article copyright American Botanical Council.
By Barbara A. Johnston