Fishy Story: Man Blames ‘Beer-Battered Fish’ For His 10th DUI


After a 75-year-old Friendship, Wisconsin man told a deputy he smelled like alcohol because he had just eaten beer-battered fish, he also refused to take a blood test later because he said it was against his religion.


Question: Is Jack Daniels a religion?

John H. Przybyla pleaded not guilty Wednesday to his 10th drunk driving offense.

WLTX reports:

According to the criminal complaint, at 2:27 p.m. Oct. 12, an Adams County deputy saw a vehicle make a U-Turn on Highway 13 in Dell Prairie. The deputy followed the vehicle and saw it had a broken tail lamp. The deputy checked the license plate and learned Przybyla owned the vehicle, and he had a revoked driver’s license.

As Przybyla went around a curve in the highway, the deputy saw the vehicle cross over the center line, according to the complaint. The deputy stopped the vehicle.

The deputy noticed an odor of alcohol on Przybyla’s breath and asked him how much he had been drinking, according to the complaint. Przybyla said he hadn’t but had been at a fish fry on Highway 82 and ate beer-battered fish.

After the deputy arrested Przybyla, he took him to the hospital where he refused to take a blood test, stating it was against his religion, according to the complaint.

The deputy got a warrant.

The breath test showed Przybyla had a 0.062 blood-alcohol concentration. For Wisconsin residents with three or more drunken driving convictions, the legal limit is 0.02 percent.

Those fish fries can really zone you out. My religion is “Bloody Mary” which sounds like an offshoot of Santeria, but it’s totally not.

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