Just to be Clear: Jan Brewer Says She Was Drinking Wine Before Crashing Car Into Mini-Van -- Not Scotch

Governor Jan "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" Brewer wants to set the record straight: when she crashed her car into the back of a mini-van in 1988, she had been drinking wine -- not scotch, as was recorded in the police report.

"Well ya know, I've never drank scotch in my life. If I have a cocktail, it's usually merlot wine," she told AZFamily yesterday.

According to the police report, Brewer "has did" drank scotch -- at least two glasses, both of which were consumed right before crashing into the mini-van

This is now the fourth time Brewer's changed her story about the wreck -- and even though it happened more than 20 years ago, given Brewer's firm stance on wanting to throw the book at anyone convicted of driving drunk, it's still hypocritical.

Initially, Brewer told the police at the scene that a car had rear-ended her, which pushed her car into the mini-van she crashed into.

DPS officers found no damage to the back of Brewer's car, and there was a thick layer of undisturbed dust on her bumper. In other words, Brewer's claim that a car crashed into her never happened.

Brewer stank like alcohol at the time of the crash, but when officers first asked a boozy Brewer if she had been drinking prior to smashing into the back of a mini-van, she said she had one scotch.

After failing four field sobriety tests, Brewer conceded that she might have had two scotches, the officer at the scene claims in the report.

But now, Brewer is telling anyone who will listen (except New Times -- she hasn't returned our calls since last year) that she was only drinking wine -- as if what got her drunk makes a difference.

"I had gone to dinner with some legislators, had dinner and had a couple of glasses of wine and was driving home on I-17 which is a free way in Phoenix and it was a construction zone," Brewer told CNN yesterday.

All the details of Jan's wild ride can be found in the police report, which you can see here.

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