UPDATE: 5:28 PM PST: The candy maker who made this new batch of Candy Snacks says he will discontinue them because of the recent increase in the number of kids drinking and driving.
Gerald Pritchard of Leland, Missouri, was found to have drank more than 50 ounces of alcohol per day while driving while driving to and from work.
He was arrested on March 8 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Pritchard, 47, has since been sentenced to 30 days in jail, three months probation, a $50 fine and must undergo alcohol education.
“I just got caught,” he told KMOV.
“I’ve been drinking and going to bars all over the country and I’m still driving my truck and driving around and not stopping and I don’t think anyone cares because they’re not getting their way with me.
I have a job, I have money and I’ve been driving my car for the last two years.
So this is a great opportunity to educate the public.
He says he can’t quit drinking.”
I don’t drink anymore, but I’m trying to keep up the good habits and do what I can to stay clean,” Pritson said.
His next batch will contain the same ingredients, but he says he plans to limit it to 25.
But he says his next batch is a “better product” and the candy makers decision was based on safety.”
Prites’ company, Candy Snack Co., makes the Candy Snackers that are sold in grocery stores and convenience stores. “
It’s all about safety, and it’s not a bad product to use.”
Prites’ company, Candy Snack Co., makes the Candy Snackers that are sold in grocery stores and convenience stores.
He said his company has been making the candy for 20 years.
Candy Snacks is sold in 12-ounce cans or 1-ounce bars and is sold with flavorings.
The maker of the candy told ABC News it had received hundreds of calls from people about the sudden increase in drinking, driving and underage drinking in the last few months.
More to come.