A Friendship man suspected of 10th offense operating while intoxicated denied drinking but said he had eaten beer battered fish.

John Przybyla, 75, was stopped Oct. 12 after a deputy noticed his truck cross the center line on State Highway 13 and that the truck had a broken tail light, according to a criminal complaint. The deputy said there was a smell of alcohol on Przbyla’s breath and he failed a field sobriety test.

Deputies said Przybyla denied drinking alcohol but noted that he had eaten beer battered fish that night.

A breath alcohol test showed a preliminary result of .062, which is more than the .02 limit Przybyla faces because of his previous convictions. He was also subject to a blood draw.

Court records show Przybyla has previous OWI conviction in numerous counties.
Przybyla was also cited for third-offense operating while revoked having open intoxicants in a vehicle and operating left of center, in the Oct. 12 incident.

He is scheduled to be in court Jan. 21.