A 73-year-old Wisconsin man was recently pulled over by cops for reckless and erratic driving. He was arrested after failing a sobriety test and breathalyzer test, having told the cops that he had not been drinking, but rather eating beer-battered fish at a local fish fry. Well, you have to give him points for creativity. The cops didn’t buy his fishy story, and he is being charged with drunk driving and reckless endangerment.
This had been the offender, John Przybyla’s, tenth failed sobriety test in the last 20 years. A preliminary hearing for Przybyla’s cod-awful driving and decision-making skills is set for January 21.
In case you’re wondering, the myth that alcohol completely burns off when you cook it still prevails, even though it is likely false. Many sources say that it actually takes a full three hours for alcohol to burn off completely when you cook with beer or wine. But don’t start actually believing Mr. Przybyla’s story just yet: even within just 15 minutes of cooking time, 60 percent of the alcohol in beer or wine will be burned off. So it looks like this Wisconsin man was just gill-ty of plain-old drunk driving.
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