A motorcycle rider crashed while fleeing from Burnett County Sheriff's Deputies on July 8, 2017, and charges have been filed against him in Burnett County Circuit Court of Felony Fleeing and 7th Offense Operating While Intoxicated.
Nicholas Olson, of Webster, WI, has been charged with Class I Felony Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer, Class F Felony 7th Offense OWI, and Misdemeanor Resisting an Officer following an incident on July 8, 2017.
According to the criminal complaint, Burnett County Dispatch received 2 separate complaints around 1:30 AM on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The first caller stated that a motorcycle and a car were reported to be driving erratically and that the two vehicles had turned southbound on Clam Lake Drive towards Jed's Laker Lounge. About 10 minutes after the first call, a second call came in, reporting that 3 people had just attempted to break into Jed's Laker Lounge.
Law enforcement responded to the area and were able to locate a motorcycle with 2 people on board now traveling westbound on State Highway 70; the motorcycle entered the roundabout and headed northbound on State Highway 35. Law enforcement initiated a pursuit with emergency lights activated, but the motorcycle did not stop. The criminal complaint goes on stating that instead, officers registered the motorcycle traveling at speeds up to 95 miles per hour (mph).
When the motorcycle reached Midtown road it slowed down to approximately 15 mph – 20 mph, and attempted to turn onto Midtown Road, but the driver of the motorcycle turned too soon and hit the gravel shoulder instead. The driver laid the motorcycle down onto its right side and both the passenger and the driver stood up and began to run.
Deputies exited their squad cars and yelled, “ Stop! Sheriff's Department!”, but only the passenger stopped. He was placed under arrest at that time. After a pursuit on foot into a wooded area, the driver of the motorcycle attempted to hide under thick brush, but was located by deputies and placed under arrest.
The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Nicholas Olson and deputies could smell the odor of intoxicants on him. The passenger identified himself as Jason Olson, Nicholas's brother. Nicholas reportedly had difficulty walking back to the squad vehicles, at one point tripping on a branch. He did not comply with officers at first, refusing to get into the squad car, allegedly stating to deputies, “are you going to make me?”
When searching Jason Olson for officer safety, deputies reportedly located a metal smoking device and marijuana.
Jason Olson was transported by deputies to the Burnett County Jail. Nicholas was taken to the Burnett Medical Center where the criminal complaint states that he submitted to an evidentiary blood draw for testing of his blood to determine his blood alcohol concentration level. Those results are not listed in the criminal complaint at this time.
The criminal complaint filed against Nicholas states that he was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated on the following dates:
- Burnett County, WI on October 13, 2004, from an incident on September 16, 2004;
- Burnett County, WI on November 1, 2005, from an incident on June 21, 2005;
- State of MN on May 16, 2007, from an incident on March 29, 2007;
- State of MN on April 27, 2007, from an incident on April 27, 2007;
- State of MN on April 13, 2010, from an incident on October 31, 2009;
- Burnett County, WI on July 23, 2012, from an incident on October 17, 2010.
Public record indicates that Nicholas appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on July 8, 2017, for a bail hearing and the Court placed him on a $5,000 signature bond.
Charges of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia have been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against Jason Olson. He is scheduled to appear on August 9, 2017.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.