By the time you’ve obtained your 10th drunk driving conviction, you have to be really fishing for excuses that you haven’t used before to try to get off the hook. When John Przybyla of Wisconsin was arrested for his 10th Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) charge, fishing is exactly what he did.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the 79-year old blamed his high Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) on a beer battered fish meal he allegedly consumed earlier in the day. Przybyla was arrested after a Wisconsin officer noticed his truck crossing the center lane of traffic. Police said that Przybyla’s BrAC clocked in at .062. Although this is below the national legal limit of .08, Wisconsin law states that people with three or more drunk driving convictions must remain below a limit of .02 percent.
According to everydaylife.globalpost.com, pure alcohol evaporates at around 173 degrees. A mixture of alcohol and water, like beer, boils away anywhere between 173 and 212 degrees. Batter is typically cooked at much higher temperatures closer to 365 degrees, so the amount of alcohol left in the batter is minimal at best.
Przybyla tried his fish-battered case in court, but the jury ruled him guilty of OWI (10th offense), operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating while revoked.
It’s only common sense to believe that somebody with as many as 10 drunk driving convictions has proven to be a habitual offender. This case illustrates that a license suspension does not work. Short of prison (which Przybyla will most likely face for some time), ignition interlock devices are the only thing guaranteed to keep habitual drunk driving offenders of the roads. At what point do we say, “Enough is enough,” and begin requiring habitual offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed permanently on their vehicles to prevent these extreme cases of repeat drunk driving offenses?
If you would like more information on installing an Intoxalock ignition interlock device to prevent drunk driving, contact us today at (833) 623-0200. to talk with a state interlock specialist.