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Sounds Fishy to Me

An Adams County, Wisc., deputy pulled over John Przybyla, 75, for a broken tail light. The deputy smelled alcohol on Pryzybyla’s breath, and asked how much he’d been drinking. Przybyla, who has nine previous drunk driving convictions, allegedly replied that he hadn’t been drinking, but he had been to a fish fry — where he ate beer-battered fish. The deputy arrested Przybyla and took him to a hospital, where he refused a blood test, claiming it was against his religion. The deputy obtained a warrant and forced a blood test, which showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.062 percent, which is above the legal limit of 0.02 percent for Wisconsin residents with three or more drunk driving convictions. (MS/Wisconsin Rapids Tribune) ...It’s a good thing they didn’t serve rum cake.
Story Update: It took a year and a half for the case to wend its way through the courts, but the jury didn’t buy Przybyla’s excuse either. He was found guilty of drunk driving (tenth offense), and sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Original Publication Date: 28 December 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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