In December, 2014, I reported on the case of a Wisconsin man who, pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, insisted that his breath smelled of alcohol because he’d been eating beer-battered fish, not booze. I expressed my skepticism at the time, and today a jury confirmed my doubts, convicting him for his tenth drunk driving offense.
John Przybyla, 76, was convicted yesterday of his tenth drunk driving offense by an Adams County jury that also found him guilty of a second felony charge and a misdemeanor driving with a revoked license count.
Przybyla, seen at right, faces a maximum of more than 12 years in prison on the three counts.
As detailed in a police report, Przybyla was pulled over by a cop in October 2014 for driving erratically. Upon approaching Przybyla, a deputy noticed the “smell of a moderate odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from his breath.” Additionally, the cop noted that Przybyla’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and an open can of Red Dog Beer was on the truck’s passenger seat.
During questioning, Przybyla denied that he had been drinking, and said that he was on the way home after attending a fish fry, where he had consumed “beer battered fish.”
Seems to me that an incorrigible recidivist like this should have been confined behind bars long before his final fish fry.