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Police officer suspended after drunk driving incident

A Superior Police officer will return to work this weekend after a 20-day suspension without pay for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Officer James Olson, a nearly 15-year veteran of the force, will also spend the next two years on a last chance agreement. If, during that time, there is another drunk driving incident or other alcohol-related event that results in the Olson’s arrest, his employment could be terminated by the police chief. The chief’s decision is not subject to Police and Fire Commission review with a limited ability to appeal.

The disciplinary action, stemming from a May 6 incident, was outlined to the Police and Fire Commission during a meeting this week. Police Chief Charles LaGesse released the disciplinary letter to the Telegram following an open records request.

After completing his investigation of the incident, the chief found Olson’s actions were in violation of a number of general orders — conformance to law, unbecoming conduct and off-duty conduct. Olson was suspended without pay from June 16 through July 11.

Online court records indicate that James K. Olson, 43, pleaded no contest June 10 in Douglas County Circuit Court to first offense operating while intoxicated, an ordinance violation. He was fined $875 and his driver’s license was revoked for seven months. He was ordered to install an ignition interlock for one year and undergo an alcohol assessment.