Zbigniew Krawiec swore that he had just been drinking pickle juice when he was pulled over for drunk driving, but a jury decided he was pickled and convicted him anyway.
Krawiec, a Polish immigrant, said his favorite beverage is pickle juice. It’s a Polish custom, he told jurors Thursday.
To prove his point, defense attorney Jim Kane introduced a jar of dill pickles and wanted Krawiec to take a mouthful on the witness stand to prove he loves the stuff.
But deputy prosecutor Steven Nash objected, and Judge Charles Dorn upheld the objection.
“Have I ever seen a ‘pickle juice defense’ before this? No,” said Dorn, who has tried hundreds of drunk-driving cases.
Washington State Trooper Dan Derrick testified that he pulled Krawiec over after spotting him driving with his lights off. Derrick said Krawiec failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test.
Derrick and two jailers testified that the defendant’s breath smelled of alcohol, not pickles.
Dorn fined Krawiec $400 and ordered him to serve three days in jail. Kane is expected to appeal.