The Wayne County Republican Party Chairman pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated in Huron Town Court Monday night, Oct. 25.
Daniel A. Olson, 59, of 2728 Layton Street Road, Lyons, received a 1-year conditional discharge and will have to pay $1,400 in fines and surcharges and must have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle as required under Leandra’s Law, Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy said. Olson’s license was also revoked.
Olson was charged Aug. 29 with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content above .18 percent, failure to stop at a stop sign and speed not reasonable and prudent after deputies, state police and Alton Fire and Ambulance were called to the intersection of Preemption and Ridge roads, where a witness saw Olson drive through the T-intersection and go off the road. The right side of Olson’s car hit a concrete water meter station, owned by the Wayne County Water Authority, causing damage to both the car and the structure. That night, the witness told deputies that after the accident, Olson backed his car into the woods and shut it off.
Deputies said Olson’s blood-alcohol content registered .27 percent, more than three times the legal limit. He was not injured in the crash. Bruising on his nose and eyes, deputies were told, was caused earlier when a window fell on him.
Healy said Olson will have to reapply for a new license upon completion of his sentence, but in the meantime, he may apply for a conditional license that would grant him permission to travel to and from work.
Although not sentenced to probation, Olson will have to report to the county probation department for an initial visit to get set up with the interlock device, which will be monitored by the department. Offenders deemed by a judge able to afford to pay for the device themselves may choose a vendor to install the equipment. Probation Director Rick Stevens said the only requirement is that the device must be equipped with a video identification for positive confirmation of who is blowing into it when the vehicle is being used.
The device will remain in Olson’s vehicle for one year, unless the sentence is revoked by the court, although under the law a minimum of 6 months of monitoring is required before a termination may be considered.