By Shereen Siewert
A 50-year-old Weston man accused of his seventh drunken driving charge told police he was simply “exercising his constitutional right to convey himself down the road,” according to court documents.
Gary Wadzinski was pulled over just after 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 after a Rothschild Police officer clocked his vehicle at 37 mph in a 25 mph zone on Alderson Street, according to the incident report. But when Wadzinski pulled over, he allegedly told police he did not have a driver’s license, never had one, and did not need one.
He also allegedly told police he did not consider himself a citizen of the United States and does not follow state statutes or laws.
A records check showed Wadzinski had six prior OWI convictions, ranging from 1992 to 2005, with a revoked driving status.
After allegedly failing field sobriety tests, Wadzinski was transported to a local hospital for a chemical test of his blood. Those results are pending.
Police say Wadzinski bragged about not needing a driver’s license, saying he proved it by the number of times he was cited for operating without a license and having the citation dismissed.
“During my entire contact with Gary, he continued to say he was a private citizen and not a corporate citizen, and our laws and statutes do not apply to him,” the police report reads.
During an initial appearance on seventh-offense operating intoxicated charges filed Dec. 9 in Marathon County Circuit Court, Judge Falstad ordered Wadzinski held on a $15,000 cash bond and set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 18.
He was also ordered not to drive without a valid license.