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Eau Claire man claims leprechauns were driving his car before crash

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities said a 50-year-old Eau Claire man gave officers a creative excuse as he tried to escape his eighth drunk driving arrest. 

Officials said Joseph O'Connell claimed that leprechauns were driving his car when it veered into a ditch near Bloomer a couple weeks ago. 

Authorities said he was knocking on doors at 2:45 a.m. on October 6th, to seek help to get his vehicle out of a ditch. His blood alcohol level was 0.22, almost three times the legal limit. 

O'Connell is due back in Chippewa County Circuit Court November 15th. For now, he's free on bond.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram said O'Connell's most recent OWI conviction came seven years ago -- and he served two years in prison for it.