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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. 

Lyssa Beyer August 31, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I've heard some talks on Wisconsin Public Radio about this recently ... not specifically drunk driving, but the continued, socially and personally harmful habits the people do: drunk driving, smoking, other drugs, etc. and it was debating whether the ad campaigns against such activities are actually worth the money/have an affect — most people were saying until it happens close to home, there's not much of an impact. It has to be more convincing that this tragedy could happen to you. ... most people see "could" and think they are excluded.
Greg August 31, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Statistically WI has been improving in drunk driving related issues. But more needs to be done. Alcohol is a powerful substance, and needs to be treated as such. Education and treatment are key, but this guy will be facing some punishment first.
Terry September 01, 2012 at 12:08 AM
It's not just that. There used to be a stigma with this sort of thing that is largely gone now. You see it every time one of these stories shows up. Family and friends of the drunk post comments, talking about how good a person they are, or how this could happen to any of us. The apologists come out of the woodwork. Then the defendant shows up in court, fresh from the rehab program that their defense attorney sent them to, talking about how this time was different, and their life has changed. Then the judge and prosecutor lap it up like chocolate milk. Until we decide in this state that we need serious drunk driving laws, and we hammer them when caught, this problem will persist.
Humerus Adonis September 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Wasted in Wisconsin. I'm not Drunk, I'm from Wisconsin. We have to live up to our reputation. Wisconsin has been "statistically" improving but there is so much work to be done that is hardly a drop in the bucket, yet, Rome wasn't built in a day. Go, Wisconsin. Try not to hit anyone after you consume that case, or maybe just sleep where you are at today, go to rehab tomorrow. I've got an idea of what might be barring faster progress .... Tavern League. (Oh craaap, gotta run now before I swim with the fishes for bringing it up.) It's the Almighty Dollar which lacks conscience, so fall to your knees and worship it. It's not some tragic attitude problem in Wisconsin.
Humerus Adonis September 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
key words - worth the money - if it doesn't add to profit, it is unlikely to occur. social concience is not profitable but beer and liquor sales and service sure are! maybe a higher tax??? :)

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