“Intoxication” under New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law involves the disorientation caused by drinking alcohol, not the high produced by “huffing” chemicals from aerosol cans, the Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The state Legislature has been consistent since 1910, when it first made it a misdemeanor to operate a motor vehicle “in an intoxicated condition,” in decreeing that intoxication is a consequence of ingesting too much alcohol, the court decided unanimously in People v. Litto, 94.

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