Man charged with 10th OWI; tells officer he'd eaten beer battered fishSubmitted: 12/09/2014
Man charged with 10th OWI; tells officer he'd eaten beer battered fish
Story By Hayley Tenpas

TOWNSHIP OF DELL PRAIRIE - An Adams County man will be charged with his 10th OWI.

75-year-old John Przybyla was pulled over October 12.
He was driving north on State Highway 13 in the Township of Dell Prairie. Officers pulled him over because he crossed the center line and had a broken tail light.

The officer asked Przybyla if he had been drinking. He said that he hadn't, and that he'd only eaten beer battered fish.

The officer conducted field sobriety tests and Przybyla's preliminary breath alcohol test was .062. He can't have a PBT over .02 because of earlier convictions.

He faces an additional charge of driving with a revoked license after a 3rd OWI and three other traffic citations.

Przybyla was first convicted for an OWI in 1995. We don't know when he'll be in court next.

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