Lincoln man tries and fails to outsmart breathalyzer, arrested on several charges

Published: May. 24, 2019 at 11:15 AM CDT
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The old myth of sucking on a penny to beat a breathalyzer didn't work for one Lincoln man.

On Thursday shortly before midnight, police officers responded to NW 50th and W. Wilkins on a report of a disturbance. Several witnesses reported they heard a crashing noise and saw a Dodge pickup had run over a mailbox but the driver left the scene and was driving erratically.

The witnesses were able to provide a detailed description of the driver, 30-year-old Jeffrey Holka. A woman known to the driver called and reported he showed up at her home and was causing another disturbance.

Officers contacted Holka, and he displayed signs of alcohol impairment. The officer conducted a DUI investigation and found Holka had a penny in his mouth. Police said Holka was trying to manipulate the straw on the preliminary breath test with his tongue when the penny fell from his mouth.

Holka was arrested for DUI, refusing a preliminary breath test, refusing a chemical test, leaving the scene of an accident, and negligent driving.

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