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Greenfield Man Charged With Sixth OWI

Suspect, 50, was convicted of drunk driving five times in 2008.

Correction: Steven Szymczak's blood alcohol level was inaccurate in a previous version of this story. It has been corrected. We regret the error.

A 50-year-old Greenfield man is facing nearly 20 years in prison after a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy caught him driving drunk with multiple drugs in his system.

Steven K. Szymczak was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Wednesday with one count of sixth offense operating while intoxicated, one count of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in his blood stream. If convicted, he faces up to 18 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On March 24, the deputy spotted Szymczak driving his pickup truck near 35th Street and Loomis Road, and deviating lanes multiple times. The deputy continued to follow him until eventually pulling him over near 35th Street and Layton Avenue.

Szymczak told the officer he had been drinking “vodka and pineapple” and had also taken a Valium before driving. He was unable to pass field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of .098 at the time of the incident.

He was then taken for a blood test where investigators found he also had cocaine and four other drugs in his system.

Szymczak was convicted of drunk driving in California five times in 2008 after he was arrested for driving under the influence on Jan. 29, March 3, May 6, May 12 and May 18 of that year.

He will make his initial appearance in court Nov. 16.

abc def November 02, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Looks like Mr. Szymczak has had a very bad year in the legal dept.
Kevin Clark November 02, 2011 at 11:08 PM
.98 BAC? Typical Patch accuracy. Would have needed the five other drugs for survival under those circumstances.
David Cotey November 03, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Thanks for the heads up, Kevin.
Jennifer Romero November 04, 2011 at 01:40 PM
The million dollar question for me is......Why does it take that many offenses to put these folks away? I realize they say they are "working on it," but the bottom line is that the laws must get tougher in every state in the country. It is literally a matter of life and death!
Mike November 05, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Just like kids who chronically fight, are tardy, disruptive, disrespectful, and otherwise take away from others, perhaps this gentleman is merely misunderstood? I'm sure he didn't mean to do it. He said he was sorry, right? </sarcasm>

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