Saukville Man Charged With 5th OWI
The 49-year-old suspect tells officer he had "not muttin, not much" to drink when he's pulled over Sunday. His last offense was in 2005.
A 49-year-old Saukville man is facing felony drunk driving charges after he was caught allegedly driving erratically through Port Washington on Sunday.
Martin R. Zerzycki was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on Monday with one count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 3 a.m. Sunday, a Port Washington police officer saw Zerzycki driving northbound on North Franklin Street, then onto North Wisconsin Street, where he began to swerve within his lane. The officer continued to follow the car and noticed it kept swerving past Seven Hills Road and the Interstate 43 overpass, where Zerzycki turned onto the southbound onramp and nearly hit a curb.
The officer pulled the car over at the bottom of the ramp and noticed Zerzycki had heavily slurred speech. Zerzycki told the officer he had "not muttin, not much," to drink, then said he had three to four drinks at a bonfire earlier.
The officer asked Zerzycki to get out of the car and perform field sobriety tests, but he responded "it won’t work." When the officer asked why it wouldn’t work, Zerzycki said "equilibrium."
He eventually got out of the car and failed the tests. When asked if he ever got arrested for OWI before, Zerzycki said "hell yes," and was then taken into custody.
He was taken for a blood test, which he refused, but blood was drawn regardless. On the way to jail he continued to tell the officer "you don’t want to do this to me," and that the officer was ruining his life.
Zerzycki was previously convicted of OWI in 1992, 1998, 1999 and 2005. He’s currently free on $2,500 bond while awaiting trial.