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Man charged with seventh drunken driving offense

April 27, 2010

A 45-year-old Milwaukee man on Monday was charged with drunken driving for the seventh time. He had been pulled over in Wauwatosa for failing to stop at a sign at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Phillip Jezak drew a patrol officer's attention when he sped through a stop sign at 100th Street and Glendale Avenue.

The officer hurried to catch up with Jezak and pulled him over in the 4800 block of North 110th Street. Jezak told the officer he was on his way home from the grocery store, but he was traveling in the wrong direction.

After failing all the sobriety tests, he was arrested. But he kept pulling his arms away and said "I'm not going to jail" as the officer tried to handcuff him. Jezak apparently had called a friend while the officer was checking his license. That friend arrived as the officer struggled with Jezak, and started yelling at the officer.

Eventually Jezak was taken to the Police Department. A six-pack of beer and an empty bottle of brandy were found in his car.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.09.

He also was charged with misdemeanor resisting an officer and felony driving with a blood-alcohol concent of more than 0.02, a restriction placed upon him as a result of prior convictions.

The charges of drunken driving and violating a prohibited alcohol concentration each carry penalties of up to $25,000 in fines and 10 years in prison. If convicted, Jezak will not be allowed to drive for 24 to 36 months and be required to submit to alcohol assessment or treatment.

A resisting arrest conviction would carry a penalty of up to $10,000 and nine months in prison.

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