Man convicted of 7 DUIs now charged with another
A man previously convicted of 7 DUI's now faces yet another DUI charge
A Lewisville, Kentucky man who had been previously convicted of 7 DUI's in the past has recently been arrested and charged with yet another DUI. John Przybylek, 32, was arrested once again on a DUI charge after running his car into the back of another vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol. However, he has already been released from jail. Lewisville Police say that Przybylek rear ended the victim's car while stopped at a light, and then backed into her again before taking off to avoid arrest. An LMPD Detective in the next lane witnessed first hand what happened. The Detective said he tried pulling Przybylek over, but evasive and wreckless driving continued even with fluid spewing all over the place. Nearly an hour passed before Law Enforcement was successful in arresting him, near his disabled vehicle. He blew a .14% BAC (blood alcohol content) in his Field Sobriety Test, nearly twice the legal limit, which is in line with 3 of his past 7 DUI's in the past 5 years.
The lady driving the other vehicle describes the scene this way: "The light was changing, and then the gentleman behind me ran into the back of me." Dispite his previous 7 DUI convictions, he was able to walk the following morning, while his victim has her bumper barely attached to her car with bungee chords.
Of all the crimes, a DUI is most preventable beacause you simply do not drive when you have been drinking. But, that clearly did not stop Przybylek who, after 7 DUI's seems to have figured out a system of avoiding serious charges to stop his distructive behavior. Here is where State laws are going to come into effect, and where clarity comes in to play for this specific case. According to the Commonwealth's Attorney Office, Przybylek was given 5 years probation after his fourth offense. Traditionally, once you have repeat offenders, the likelihood of them being remorseful and changing their behavior is less of an option. They become "known" to Law Enforcement, and the expectation of them to not have a license or be compliant is more relevant to detaining them.
In Lewisville, Kentucky, the Brianna Taylor Act is what comes into play for multiple offenders such as this case. The law is named after the Hardin County 17 year old killed in a DUI accident by a habitual offender in 2014. It has already passed the House and Senate, and is on its way to the Governor's desk for his signature. The law says, in layman's terms, that if a habitual offender has been convicted of multiple DUI charges longer than 5 years ago, those will simply "fall off". Essentially making anything after the 5 year mark in consideration as a first offense. This does little to calm the nerves or provide closure for victims like the one Przybylek, who is now just trying to fifure out what to do next.
In additon to his 7 DUI charges, Przybylek is facing five charges, including DUI, reckless driving, and wanton endangerment.
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