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Truck driver charged with causing accidents while driving impaired in southern Utah

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Sep. 23, 2020 at 6:26 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A truck driver who was “hauling double-belly dumps” has been charged with causing several accidents while driving impaired, according to court documents.

Jaramiah Colby Olsen, 33, of Roosevelt, was charged Wednesday in Garfield County’s 6th District Court with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony; failing to report an accident, DUI and refusing a chemical test, all class B misdemeanors; and having an open container in his vehicle, a class C misdemeanor.

According to a police affidavit, Olsen “was involved in several motor vehicle crashes” on Sept. 17. The first was on U.S. 89 when he crossed the center line and sideswiped another semitractor-trailer, the affidavit states. Olsen continued driving onto state Route 12 and pulled into a restaurant and hotel area where he “struck a couple of buildings,” according to the affidavit.

He continued driving to the Garfield landfill, where “a witness watched him drive off the road several more times,” the affidavit states.

Several other semi drivers claimed to police that Olsen has a drinking and meth problem, according to the affidavit. When Utah Highway Patrol troopers caught up with Olsen, they watched him stumble out of his truck and attempt to stumble away from troopers, the affidavit states.

An open bottle of alcohol was found in the cab of his truck, the affidavit states. Olsen claimed he “drank a lot last night before going to sleep but nothing today.”

Pat Reavy

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