FRIENDSHIP, Wis. — A Wisconsin jury has convicted a man who blamed eating beer-battered fish when he was picked up on his 10th drunken driving offense.
The Adams County jury found 76-year-old John Przybyla of Friendship guilty on Monday. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Media reports Przybyla faces up to 12.5 years in prison.
A criminal complaint says Przybyla told the deputy who stopped him in October 2014 that the reason he smelled like alcohol was because he had been at a fish fry and had eaten beer-battered fish. Court documents say a preliminary breath test showed Przybyla had a 0.062 percent blood-alcohol concentration. The legal limit for Wisconsin residents with three or more drunken driving convictions is 0.02 percent. A sentencing date has not been set.